The velvets in the collection of the Costume Gallery in Florence

It is generally difficult to identify the manufactory where historic fabrics were produced. Ih this study, performed on the collection of historic textiles conserved in the Costume Gallery in Florence, the author Roberta Orsi Landini has chosen a specific category of fabrics - the silk velvets - and analysed their characteristics of workmanship. The silks velvets make up about half the entire collection and number around four hundred, datable between the fifteenth and the end of the eighteenth century.
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Acquista The velvets in the collection of the Costume Gallery in Florence

It is generally difficult to identify the manufactory where historic fabrics were produced. Ih this study, performed on the collection of historic textiles conserved in the Costume Gallery in Florence, the author Roberta Orsi Landini has chosen a specific category of fabrics - the silk velvets - and analysed their characteristics of workmanship. The silks velvets make up about half the entire collection and number around four hundred, datable between the fifteenth and the end of the eighteenth century.
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The velvets | In the collection of the costume gallery in Florence

Velvets were extremely elaborate and sumptuous fabrics. For this reason they were subject to particular attention from the silk guilds of the cities where they were woven – Florence, Lucca, Venice, Genoa and Milan. From the fourteenth century onwards regulations prescribed the exact technical characteristics of velvets. By comparing the surviving regulations with the data derived from technical analyses of all four hundred velvets conserved in the Costume Gallery in Florence the author is able to suggest attributions of the fabrics to individual cities.

The results represent an important step forward in the study of Italian textiles. In a series of introductory essays the author discusses different categories of velvets, including velvets intended for furnishings and clothing. The text is accompanied by many illustrations of contemporary portraits and interiors.

Author: Roberta Orsi Landini

Publisher Abegg Stiftung | Mauro Pagliai Editore

Year 2017

Pages 328

Product Dimensions 25x32 (cm)

Illustrations ill. colors n.t. - bad colors

Italian / English language 

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