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Jacopo Tintoretto, about 1518-1594 Saint George and the Dragon about 1555 © The National Gallery, London
Saint George is seen here about to defeat the dragon by the edge of the sea. The treatment of the subject is unusual, with the figure of the fleeing princess dominant, and in the centre lies a corpse which the dragon was about to eat. The visual narrative reads back from the princess, with the blue and rose colours picked up in the draperies of the corpse and Saint George, and in the pink and blue tints of the cloudscape. The high horizon and viewpoint also help create tension and drama in this stunning picture.
It was first recorded in 1648 in the Palazzo Correr in Venice, although we do not know whether it was made for the Correr family. However, the stunning colour combination lends itself perfectly to a pocket square and offsets brilliantly against a darker jacket or blazer.
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Jacopo Tintoretto is one of the most representative artists of Venetian painting. He spent most of his life in Venice, and his art can be found all over the city, in churches, government buildings, private palaces…He worked for the city’s wealthiest families, nevertheless, he always made a point in working for everybody, without caring about their wealth. Many of the poorest churches which hired him when he was starting his career, saw him helping and creating art for them for almost no payment, even when the Venetian state became one of his patrons.
As one can expect from Renaissance artists, he focused on religious themes, yet gave them his own touch. He placed a lot of importance on human figures, painting with a special energy - freely, and fast, that made some of his peers criticise his work.
Macclesfield was once the centre of the English silk weaving industry and the world's biggest producer of finished silk. The area has been printing silk for over 300 years and at one point had over seventy mills operating in the town. The town is close to a water supply that passes through limestone, and when used in washing and dyeing it gives silk a uniquely attractive lustre.
Our pocket squares are printed at a mill that has been producing printed fabric on the same site for the past fifty years and the process uses water sourced from its own reservoir.
The art of hand rolling pocket squares is a unique craft and truly makes each piece individual and unique. We feel that the precision and care taken by our skilled artisans gives each scarf its own unique character, finish and feel. To create the finest rolled hems, the edge of the silk or cotton pocket square must be softy turned over with a handheld needle and then small stitches are inserted approximately one half to one centimetre apart around the edge, creating a supple yet prominent border.
It’s absolutely the best way to finish a pocket square for a variety of reasons but the key ones are for both visual effect and structure. Rolling by hand is the only way to get a really nice clean plump finish on the edge and this gives a really nice depth to the edges. It’s a more expensive process than machine rolling but by using a machine you’re often left with a flat edge and you don’t get the same luxurious feel. On top of this, the rolled edges add a lot more structure to your pocket square.
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