This remarkable embroidered table linen was found in one of the 3 dining rooms of the Chateau at Brantôme,totally abandoned and found in a chest in a small pantry ( to keep the food warm when it arrived from the cellars ) adjacent to the largest dining room . Apparently the Grandmother's staff had made it for her birthday and although she did not let on to the staff , she absolutely hated it and it was never used. There are some opinions about
whether it was hand embroidered or not and I took it to my expert lady who does all the restaurations and who was taught embroidery, darning etc.by her grand mother. She is saying " yes it was hand embroidered as there are loose threads, knots to tie the embroidery in ( at the back of course) and there are also some "minor discrepancies"when it comes to the repetitive design. And of course only one table linen was produced by the staff, so there is no other.
Opinions to the beauty of the linen are divided.I like it very much as it fits the period it was made in and I think it must have been between 1920 & 1935 and no doubt was worked with several embroiderers. I do think it is a superb piece of artistry and so well balanced and in the right setting makes a beautiful table setting. The leaf arrangements with open thread work is sublime.
We decked the table ,as a matter of interest ,with a very "limited edition" of Limoges dinner ware called NEPTUNE and which was designed by Paul Mathieu Ray for the opening of the Louvre glass Dome.
There were no serviettes with the table linen ,but I found 8 perfectly matching linen serviettes in the stock room with the beautiful intricate initials C.A. It is a rather romantic design and the borders are framed with continual ribbons and bows
- Nombre d’articles
- LINGE DE TABLE VICTORIEN FRANÇAIS
- Période estimée
- Début du XXe siècle
- Pays d’origine
- Excellent état, à peine utilisé avec des signes minimes d'usure
- 0×1.5×2.6 m