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Antique Ottoman Metallic Thread and Silk Pillow/Cushion c1850
Wonderfully opulent. This antique Ottoman, pillow is worked on a ground of the finest blue silk (almost eau de nil but slightly more blue!)
Entirely created by hand in gold metallic thread embroidery. Time has gently mellowed the metallic thread to a perfect patina. The design is formal and made especially impressive with the extravagant use of padding under much of the outlining thread work.
Edged in metallic gold braid, the pillow is backed with an ivory coloured silk. The pillow measures 22" x 21" and has a feather filled pad.
Most probably worked in Istanbul and dating from around c1850.
The cushion is in excellent antique condition, with no issues of note. There is a small mark on the reverse of the cushion, this has been carefully photographed. The silk remains sound.
A truly stunning piece of embroidery. Show stopping as a focal point. Worthy of a place in the finest textile collection.
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Kathryn A.M. Browne, Annapolis Valley, NS, Canada
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