Leno Silk Weave
c 1850

This is stunning with its jewel colours, which show up well on the aubergine ground. One of the most beautful silk gauze shawls I have seen. These shawls are so delicate that there is nearly always some damage.


rectangular shawl of aubergine silk with deep end borders filled with six elegant pines alternating jade green and scarlet, filled with naturalistic flowers such as tulips, roses, lilies, passion flowers, hibiscus, all in shades of mauve, red, pink, green, ice blue and soft orange, the borders with similar naturalistic roses, silk fringe,


One hesitates to say mint, with such a fine shawl, but it very nearly is. Perhaps a few minor minor catches to centre field.


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