A pair of 19th century silk velvet hangings
A pair of 19th century silk velvet hangings
A pair of 19th century silk velvet hangings

A pair of 19th century silk velvet hangings

1800 to 1850 Italy

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Of late 17th century 'Palio' design, the burgundy cut silk velvet with a metal bouclé weft on a yellow silk ground with a further metal thread weft. The 17th century velvets of which these appear to be excellent 19th century versions were offered as trophies for the contrada, or district, represented by the successful rider in the horse races through the streets of various Italian towns. The term 'palio' means, simply, cloth, and it is from this word that the most famous race in Siena derives its name. A palio, or drappellone (banner), remains even now the prize awarded to the winning district. An identical velvet formed part of the Keir Collection, and 17th century fragments are in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (Museum No. 7792-1862), and of the Museum of San Marco, Florence.
Dimensions
Height 295.00 cm (116.14 inches)
Width 59.00 cm (23.23 inches)
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