A truly stunning "tapis de table" or table throw beautifully decorated with sprays of vibrant and colorfully embroidered flowers and stalks of wheat on a rich black wool (possibly silk and wool) ground. These table covers became very popular in the late 19th century following a trend begun by Queen Victoria who, after losing her beloved husband, felt that white tablecloths were inappropriate to the state of mourning and thus had darker tablecovers made for all the tables in the palace. The throw is bordered by a seven color long braided fringe and lined in medium brown polished cotton or cotton/silk blend. Excellent condition overall with minimal areas of the embroidery showing wear, visible in the photos - one white flower in one of the corners needs its spiky petals re-embroidered - otherwise the lining shows several pale spots on the underside of the piece. Dimensions: 53 x 51.5in., fringe 4.5in.
$865.00 (complimentary delivery)