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A pair of 19th century silk velvet hangings

  • Country of Origin: Italy
  • Size: 9’8” x 1’11”” (295cm x 59cm)
A pair of 19th century silk velvet hangings


Of late 17th century Palio design, with a design of leaves and flowers that includes the Florentine giglio, or fleur de lys, in a burgundy cut silk velvet with a metal bouclé weft on a yellow silk ground with a further metal thread weft. Hangings of this type are often referred to as palio (a word which means, simply, cloth), and lend their name to the various horse races in Italian towns such as Siena at which they were apparently offered as trophies for the contrada, or district, represented by the successful rider. A palio, or drappellone (banner), remains even now the prize awarded to the winning district.

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