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SW 15
SW 15

Carriage Cushion Cover (Birds in Stars and Hearts)

SW 15

Sweden, Scania, Ingelstads district

circa 1800

SW 15

Carriage Cushion Cover (Birds in Stars and Hearts)

SW 15

Sweden, Scania, Ingelstads district

circa 1800

interlocked tapestry

53 x 93 cm

This combination of birds and hearts is fairly unusual, although the motifs themselves are typical of Ingelstads and Herrestads. The eight-pointed star medallion is composed of a diamond overlapping a square; the medallions are elongated to allow room for the large birds. The drawing of half-stars at the sides gives the impression of an endlessly repeating composition. At the ends the half-stars are filled with diamonds surmounted by crosses, like church steeples.

V. Hansen, Swedish Textile Art: Traditional Marriage Weavings from Scania: The Khalili Collection, London 1996, cat. 17, pp.61–2.