Red Embroidered Table Runner with Floral and Bird Motif

DATE:
18th century
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Silk
CLASSIFICATION:
Textiles
DIMENSIONS:
85 × 28 5/8 in. (2 m 15.9 cm × 72.71 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Decorative Arts and Design
LOCATION:
Wendy and Emery Reves Collection - Porcelain , Level 3
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection
OBJECT NUMBER:
1985.R.124

General Description

This beautiful panel is a continuous colorful feast of scrolling large-scale flowers and leafage interspersed with small birds and butterflies. Simplified but similar motifs are found on the drawer-fronts of the ivory plaqued cabinet on stand in the Reves Collection (1985.R.573.A-C). Such patterns were disseminated by engravings published in Germany, France, and the Low Countries. This design is similar to one by the 16th-century Nuremberg engraver and publisher Virgil Solis (1514-62), who published over 600 woodcuts and engravings for the use of stuccoists, woodcarvers, metal workers, and textile embroiderers and weavers.

Adapted from

Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1985), 211.