Cushion Cover

A work made of cotton and silk, plain weave with supplementary pile warps forming cut, solid velvet; stenciled.

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  • A work made of cotton and silk, plain weave with supplementary pile warps forming cut, solid velvet; stenciled.

Date:

1911

Artist:

Designed by Maria Monaci Gallenga (Italian, 1880–1940)
Italy, Rome

About this artwork

Maria Monaci Gallenga often found inspiration for her fashion and furnishing designs in historic Italian textiles, as with the dress panel to the right. However, for this velvet pillow cover Gallenga employed the winged globe or sun disk, framed by rearing, protective female cobras, a motif she adapted from Egyptian art. This kind of imagery, included in an influential illustrated survey of Egyptian art and architecture published in 1809, became popular among European and American artists during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
—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

Maria Monaci Gallenga

Title

Cushion Cover

Origin

Rome

Date

1911

Medium

Cotton and silk, plain weave with supplementary pile warps forming cut, solid velvet; stenciled

Dimensions

44.5 x 129.5 cm (17 1/2 x 51 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of the Textile Society

Reference Number

1994.290

Extended information about this artwork

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