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Mantlepiece valance and two matching curtains
(c. 1890)

silk, wool
123.0 × 210.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1988
Gallery location
Not on display

This mantelpiece valance was purchased at auction by the NGV at a Sotheby’s sale in 1988. The accompanying catalogue attributed the work to Louisa Anne Meredith, the famous artist and illustrator. This claim has never been endorsed as it is very unlikely.

Attribution in the art world is a complicated business: there are many debates surrounding a great number of well-known works of art. Only by building biographies of artists, their techniques, their works and the contexts in which these works were created can we solve some of these mysteries.

—text from Fashion Detective (May 2014)