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Fragment of a lappet from a mitre

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Fragment of a lappet for a mitre. Narrow band, flaring slightly at one end; selvedges partially preserved. Brick-red warps and wefts form a ground resembling chain stitch. Gold-wrapped linen wefts define stylized patterns suggesting rows of alternating pyramids and trees, one large and four small...

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1946, Ugo Bardini (b. 1892 - d. 1965), Florence [see note 1]; March, 1946, sold by Bardini to Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles; November, 1946, sold by Loewi to Joseph Brummer (b. 1883 - d. 1947), New York; May 13, 1949, posthumous Brummer sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 530, probably sold to Di Segni (Ars Antiqua), New York; October, 1949, sold by Di Segni to Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles [see note 2]; 1950, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $275. (Accession Date: January 12, 1950) NOTES: [1] This is one of two lappets that were affixed to a mitre from Lucca, Italy. The mitre was sold by Bardini to Loewi in 1946, and remained intact until 1949, when the lappets were removed. [2] Di Segni sold the two lappets to Adolph Loewi, who sold one of them to the MFA.

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John Wheelock Eliot Fund

probably German, 12th–13th century

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Height x width: 40 x 8 cm (15 3/4 x 3 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Linen, brocaded tablet woven


Textiles and Fashion Arts