Italian Minstrel

Italian Minstrel

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Golden Lion Rampant from the Loire Valley

Heraldic Lion Rampant

This is a close-up of a gorgeous French 19th C silkwork panel which is a golden lion rampant, all hand-worked in silk on a vertical piece about 8ft long. These vertical borders were often used along the edge of curtains, sometimes portiere (door curtains), or bed hangings. The work is always very neat and unusually this is entirely in silk so very flat and in near perfect condition, with the colours still vibrant as you would expect from silk. This came from a Chateau in the Loire Valley in France - a stunning area and the location of many famous Chateaux throughout French history and of course, noted for its wonderful vineyards and delicious white wines...

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