"Bizarre" pattern; double vertical serpentine rows of abstract and cornucopia shapes, intertwined with zig-zag stems and small floral sprays, echoed in ground pattern; edges trimmed with silver galloon, lined with white plain weave silk.
Artist/maker unknown, French or Italian
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Strange and fanciful images are typical of the so-called "bizarre" silks. This example shows Asian-inspired elements in its design. The silk was probably used for church vestments; it was later assembled in its present form during the late nineteenth or early twentieth century.