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A work made of cotton, silk and silvered-metal strip, plain weave with supplementary patterning wefts and pile warps forming cut voided velvet.

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  • A work made of cotton, silk and silvered-metal strip, plain weave with supplementary patterning wefts and pile warps forming cut voided velvet.

Date:

c. 1935

Artist:

Designed by Guido Cadorin (Italian, 1892-1976) and Umberto Bellotto (Italian, 1882-1940)
Woven by Rubelli (Italian, founded 1889)
Italy, probably Venice

About this artwork

This velvet features a skyline of domed churches and bell towers, possibly referencing an Italian city such as Venice or Rome. The representation of the urban environment is unusual in a velvet design from the mid-1930s, despite the fact that other textiles and designed objects from this period employ architectural motifs. Rubelli, the Venetian firm that produced this velvet, is better known for producing patterns inspired by the past—a further indication of this example’s experimental and exceptional nature.
—Modern Velvet: A Sense of Luxury in the Age of Industry, Oct 21, 2016-Mar 19, 2017, Galleries 57-59

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Artist

Guido Cadorin

Title

Panel

Origin

Italy

Date

1930–1939

Medium

Cotton, silk and silvered-metal strip, plain weave with supplementary patterning wefts and pile warps forming cut voided velvet

Dimensions

168.5 x 62.5 cm (66 3/8 x 24 1/2 in.) Warp repeat: 28.6 cm 28.6 cm (11 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the Woman's Board in honor of 30-year docents Mrs. Seymour Nordenberg, Mrs. Robert Powell, Ms. Elizabeth Robson, Mrs. Nelson Smyth and Mrs. Vernon Wagner

Reference Number

1991.593

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