A Portuguese Rococo silk colcha mid 18th century
10,000 - 15,000 USD
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- height 44 1/2 in.; width 75 1/4 in.
- 113 cm; 191 cm
dyed silk embroidery on silk, within a giltwood and ebonized frame.
Colchas are textiles that were made in early modern East India by local Bengali craftsmen and commissioned by the Portuguese from about 1550 to the first half of the 17th century. They were used for decorative purposes, both in India and in Europe, in palaces and church interiors. These textiles are evidence of the frequent exchange of between East and West during this period, and the designs of the colchas, including the present piece, incorporated European, Indian and Islamic elements.