antique linen damask table service mono EP motif bullfight
A stunning and highly unusual tablecloth and seven napkin service in a luxurious grade of weighty champagne linen damask featuring a Spanish motif with mandolines, pomegranates, orange blossoms and scenes around the borders from the "corrida," the Spanish bullfight. A very elegant monogram, "EP," is fancifully embroidered in bourdon and embellished with a delicate spray of ears of wheat, the symbol of abundance. The monogram appears twice in mirror image on either side of the center of the tablecloth where an oval spray of wheat ears is embroidered. On each of the napkins, a smaller version of the same monogram is embroidered centrally within a very beautiful damask medallion featuring the symbols of the corrida. The damask has an impressive relief which allows for excellent visibility of the imagery. (The first four photos are of the napkins and the last four of the tablecloth.) A rare and truly splendid little service, perfect for a luncheon or tea, and a delightful conversation piece! Likely dating from the early to mid 20th century, this service is in perfect, as new condition. Of note: the hems of the tablecloth are turned up and impeccably machine stitched, which was the fashion in France for a time probably as stylistically this adds a neat and well defined border. Dimensions: tablecloth 60 x 52in., napkins 32 x 26in.
$675.00 (complimentary delivery)