Rare and wonderful.
Vintage Italian placemat set from the Baroness Rapisardi. The theme is the famous Palio di Siena horse race in Tuscany. The placemats and napkins feature flag bearers in the traditional medieval costumes of the contrade,the different areas of Siena that challenge each other in the race. All hand embroidered on linen, dense and detailed. What a fantastic set.
Very good condition, gently used. Hand laundered, bright and clean. We note a slight antique patina to the linen, a few specks and marks, and one placemat with some reddish smudges. Likely the colors aren't as vivid as they once were. But all is easily forgiven on this rare set – it looks marvelous.Setting for 8:
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