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Finch and carnation brocade, yellow

Reference : 103-02-1004

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Reproduction of a historical fabric from 14th century Italy in natural silk and rayon with gold thread. The fabric has a yellow background with the pattern in gold and accents in shades of blue.

More details

  • Drape : stiff
  • Fiber Content : Silk / Rayon / Lurex
  • Period : 14th century
  • Weave : Jacquard
  • Width : 75 cm ± 5 cm / 30 in ± 2 in
  • Meters in stock: 95     Watch availability

Price lowered! $ 35.08 / m (-10%) $ 31.57 / m ( $ 26.11 / m without VAT )


Our source for this reproduction with its quintessential medieval design was not a preserved textile fragment, but rather a work of art. Probably the oldest surviving depiction of the finch and carnations pattern can be found on Saint Catherine’s robe in the Strozzi family altar triptych dated 1357. The pattern appears in later works painted by brothers Andrea (Orcagna), Jacopo, and Nardo di Cione, who were students of the great Giotto in Florence, Italy. Their immediate successors continued using it, unchanged, in dozens of works over the next fifty years. The finch, which is known to perch in thorny bushes, and the carnation with its jagged petals, were commonly used in medieval design to symbolize the life and death of Jesus Christ.

The Strozzi altarpiece with its depiction of Saint Catherine adorned in yellow brocade can be seen in the Strozzi chapel in the magnificent Basilica di Santa Maria Novella in Florence. The same pattern, but in red, was used for another triptych, the Madonna and child with saints by Jacopo di Cione that was originally installed at the nearby Basilica di San Lorenzo, now at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

This historical brocade reproduction is a Jacquard weave with a pure silk warp and a weft of rayon and lurex.  Premium material makes this brocade very sturdy, yet soft, gentle to the touch, and breathable. Reproductions of period brocades such as this are perfect for sewing historical costumes and also bring something special to modern interiors or contemporary fashions.

We recommend lining this brocade with a natural material such as silk or fine linen.

This pattern reconstruction is the intellectual property of SARTOR BOHEMIA.

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Care: We recommend dry cleaning this fabric at a reliable dry cleaner. Iron on the back side on a synthetic setting.

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