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The Delights of Dining – Historical Linen Damasks, 25 April to 7 November 2021

Patterned table linen has adorned festive dining tables ever since the Late Middle Ages. These pure white tablecloths, napkins and hand towels are patterned with discreet, but artfully drawn pictorial compositions and coats of arms. Used in conjunction with fine silverware, linen damasks served as a status symbol in both princely and bourgeois households. The textiles that have survived are valuable testimony to historical dining culture. Press Release  | Close up