AN EXQUISITE PAROKHET (TORAH ARK CURTAIN), ITALY: 1755
100,000 - 150,000 USD
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Embroidered in a variety of stitches, including laid and floss stitch and bullion (work raised metal couch stitch) on royal blue silk ground with multicolored, bright silk threads, as well as gold and silver metallic threads (85 x 67 in.; 2160 x 1700 mm). Central raspberry motif surrounded by floral imagery and scrolling patterns; gothic Hebrew inscription in golden thread near lower edge; trimmed with antique metal hand-twisted fringe. Slight scattered staining; some losses and threadbare areas; metal disks missing from teardrop shapes in several letters of the inscription; fringe complete but loose at upper-left corner. Backed on linen outfitted with snaps and Velcro for hanging; small stain on linen at lower right.