Velvet, glass, metal, wood, bead, paper and rush
570 mm (W); 530 mm (Length)
Place of origin
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Tyntesfield, North Somerset
Ornately decorated Indian festival decoration, in three separate sections. The top section appears to be made of plant stems or rushes, fashioned into a round piece and bowed. They are covered with a purple velvet then decorated with silver sequins in flower shapes separated by gold thread and strings of pearls. Suspended at either end are maroon tassels, a ceramic cone and decorative disc. Attached to the end of the cone are top-shaped pompoms made from card, covered with red paper and purple fabric, decorated around the middle with gold tinsel, pearl beads and sequins. The top and base is also decorated with gold beads and sequins. Also attached at either end of the top sections are two elongated oval shapes made from card covered with gold ribbon and decorated with pearls, silver sequins, silver beads and gold thread (Indian goldwork). These are joined together at the base with a third pompom as described above. The overall colour of the decoration is purple, red, gold and silver. A large amount of decoration is missing and the whole piece is in a delicate condition. The decoration appears only on one side, the back is covered in ribbon, which is damaged.
Purchased from the estate of the late Lord Wraxall with the assistance of the NHMF and donations from members and supporters.