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Antique Hand Painted Silk Velvet

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by pomparella, Nov 20, 2020.

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  1. pomparella

    pomparella Registered Guest

    Does anyone have any links or resources re: the hand painting of silk velvet for bedspreads in Italy. I rescued a wounded example and have turned it into boudoir cushions for sale but I want to research to be sure of its age and that it is what I believe it to be. I have already tested and confirmed its silk. I am struggling to find more than 1 example online or info. The pattern doesn't feel woven, its not printed and there were some areas with, what look like, light colour runs....I'll try and upload a photo. All input gratefully received. Thank you. DSCF7462.JPG DSCF7469.JPG DSCF7499.JPG
     
  2. Distantdetails

    Distantdetails Administrator Staff Member

    You have converted that into the most beautiful pillows!! They look so luxurious.

    I'm afraid I can't help, but I hope that somebody comes along to provide some insight.

    Lovely.
     
  3. denisebrain

    denisebrain VFG President Staff Member

    Could it have been stenciled, or does it appear free-painted?
     
  4. pomparella

    pomparella Registered Guest

    Good question. I think if it had been stencilled, there would be more uniformity between the same shapes - unless of course the stencil has been designed that way....
     
  5. pomparella

    pomparella Registered Guest

    Thank you Janine. They are gorgeous and I'm struggling not to just keep them!
     
  6. denisebrain

    denisebrain VFG President Staff Member

  7. pomparella

    pomparella Registered Guest

    Yes, there are. There was a central panel to the bedspread but the outer edge and corners show repetition. I've just read about theorem stencilling and it could well be an example of this...
     
  8. pomparella

    pomparella Registered Guest

    I've DSCF1540.JPG found an original photos of the piece when it was whole.
     
  9. denisebrain

    denisebrain VFG President Staff Member

    Yes, I can see this being stenciled. As to the time period, my first thought is early 20th century, but that is just a semi-informed guess. Do you have an era in mind?
     
  10. pomparella

    pomparella Registered Guest

    It initially had a 20s feel to me but the scrolled stylised 'bouquets' made me think its probably late 19th/turn of the century? The fringing on the 20s bedspreads seemed to be mainly from a fluffy velvet chenille where as this was long and twisted like a rats tail! Many thank btw DSCF1528.JPG
     
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  11. denisebrain

    denisebrain VFG President Staff Member

    It is a pleasure to look at this!

    I wish I could point you to a source for more info, but I'm coming up short myself.
     
  12. pomparella

    pomparella Registered Guest

    I appreciate your input, thank you. I'm conscious that I don't want to mis or under represent the fabric when describing the pillows.
     
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  13. Rue_de_la_Paix

    Rue_de_la_Paix Trade Member

    Can you show the reverse side, please? My initial thought was also stenciled panne' velvet. I think early 20th century on this one.
     
  14. pomparella

    pomparella Registered Guest

    Hi there, this is the only photo I have of part of the reverse side. DSCF1547.JPG
     
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