The 200 Year Old House
2 Small Pieces of Antique European Linen, Italian Figural Reticella + 2nd in Madeira work.
REF: 2CYH/37 / LA316029
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These are two small square mats in fine linen, with reticella and hand embroidered decoration. They came in a collection of exquisite Italian linen I acquired many years ago - and these are the last pieces. They were sourced here in the west of Scotland, where there were many Italian migrants, some of whom brought their skills, and some of their family linens with them. The older of the two and the best, I think, 20 inches square, is in ultra fine cream linen (some variation in the colour) with lots of embroidery, cutwork and characteristic little reticella inserts that seem to represent men and women - a very traditional design. The base textile is practically translucent and looks as though it is hand woven. The second piece looks more like Madeira work, although I have seen Italian work that is very similar. It is slightly smaller, at 19 inches square, in a slightly more dense linen, very pretty but it isn't quite so fine and intricate as the reticella.
The 200 Year Old House has clarified that the 2 Small Pieces of Antique European Linen, Italian Figural Reticella + 2nd in Madeira work. (LA316029) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being Late 19th, early 20th century
Some colour variation in the reticella piece, but otherwise good. They are slightly darker than they appear in the pictures.
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