In the late fifteenth and early sixteenth cenutruies, many smaller craft guilds were combined, the stainers worked with the painters forming the Painters' and Stainers' Guild. They woudl work on textiles including tents, scenery for pageants and tournaments and domestic wall hangngs. Very little survives but there are some examples at Hardwick Hall.*
This length of fabric has four different roundels of quirky birds, which give the overall appearance of stained glass. The original design was a painted or stained cloth, with white and blue velvet. The design was worked by John Blechouse, also known as John Painter, who worked on wall paintings and stencilling. The original set have not survived but there is a set of wood carved birds similarly designed. The fabric is strong and ideal for upholstery. I do not know who reproduced this fabric from the Hardwick Hall original c 1600, but it is very good quality
With four different roundels containing quirky birds chasing butterflies, but a total of ten rows, each with six rondels, all in shades of pale yellow on creamy ground, within dark and light brown strapwork, in thick cotton.
The roundels 6 in; 15 cm dia.
6 ft 6 x 48 in; 2 x 1.20 m selvedge to selvedge.
Excellent. This has not been used. Substanital and good quality.
*An Elizabethan Inheritance. The Hardwick Hall Textiles. Santina M Levey, p 74.
Price: on request
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