Greek Sparveri fragment

Bed tent fragment “Sparveri”. Silk embroidery on natural linen. Rhodes Island. Greece. Circa 1650. Very good condition apart from some surface stains and two holes. Cm. 53 x 130 (1'9" x 4'3"). From the Phocion J. Tano family collection. Tano, of Greek Cypriot origin was the world's leading dealer of antiquities during the middle decades of the last century based in Cairo, Egypt. Bed tents, or sperveri, are peculiarly Dodecanese. They are constructed of numerous panels, mostly embroidered and they taper toward the top, with valances front top and bottom. Their purpose ,of course, is to shield from flying insects. The decoration is also uniquely Dodecanese, featuring rows, vertical and horizontal, of flower pots, or glastras, that are large, compact and contained. Rhodes and Kos, two of the bigger Dodecanese Islands, have similar bed tents, the difference mainly in the stitchwork which is heavy cross stitch in Rhodes and fine single darning stitch in Kos. SOLD

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