Sunday, 25 August 2013
The first is decorated with a flowering three branched motif, surrounded by birds and two eagles. The second has a large bird and rabbits. The third is embroidered with a woman seated in a boat, wearing a pointed hat. She holds a weathervane in one hand and in the other a bird. It is thought that this might be an allegory of Fortune tossed about by the waves. The fourth door semi-circle is devoted to a griffon and the Paschal Lamb and the fifth has the cross of Malta, animals and stylized birds. The technique used is buratto mounted on linen canvas. The semi-circles are bordered with Venetian point needle-lace. The first pattern books for buratto appear in Venice in 1527and so help to date this piece which is thought to be around 1550 ) to the dating of this piece. It is thought that the bonnet was made in Spain. The small diameter of the bonnet suggests that is was used as a lining for the Imperial Crown - it would have topped, not covered his head.
There are some 200 pieces of lace in the Château d'Écouen Renaissance Museum, which can be found just north of Paris. This piece is, comme on dit, probably the crowning glory, belonging as it might have done to a ruler whose dominion spanned the greater part of Europe. To visit the museum, click here.
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