HNW - Re 1500s Irish Embroidery
Carolyn Kayta Barrows
kayta at slip.net
Tue Sep 14 20:32:22 PDT 1999
>(1) Knotwork patterns in general were fairly popular throughout Renaissance
>Europe, and applied to various things. You can see interlace patterns in at
>least one of Henry VIII's portraits; Leonardo (and Durer, too, I think)
>doodled interlaces meant for floors, and so on. They're easy to find when
>you start looking for them. :-)
I have several, charted for lacis or cross stitch, in various Ren.-period
repro embroidery books. Most of these have a decided Ren.-period look, as
opposed to a Book-of-Kells look.
>(2) "Celtic knotwork" remained popular in the Hiberno-Scottish Gaidhealtachd
>long after it had fallen out of general usage elsewhere in Europe. I have a
>postcard from the new Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh of a bell shrine in
>their collection; the bell itself is quite early, but during the 14th or 15th
>c. it was encased in a sort of bell-shaped reliquary. The provenance is
>given as "West Highlands." The figures of saints on the reliquary are
>clearly later medieval, but the interlaces used for background ornament look
>like something from 500-600 years earlier.
Cool! Is this picture available online anywhere? I'd love to see it.
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