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Woollen velvet

  • Country of Origin: France
  • Date: Circa 1690
  • Size: 2’8½” (82cm) x 5’8” (172.5cm)
Woollen velvet


Woollen velvet of this period, comparatively little of which survives, was referred to in various terms, such as mockado, caffoy, and Utrecht velvet. This last, as Peter Thornton writes in ‘Seventeenth-Century Decoration in England, France and Holland’, is misleading… ‘the term may derive from the fact that the figured versions were woven on a draw-loom and were thus velours de trek (i.e. à la tire, drawn)’. These joined widths have a repeated design of mounted figure, perhaps a French dragoon of the period, before the façade of a house. There is a width of velvet of the same design in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Accession no. 2006.561).

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