|Description: Rectangular embroidered bureau scarf with scalloped edges trimmed in lace. Unbleached linen with a black embroidered border of grapes and leaves. The black embroidery serves only as an outline for the design. The linen within the black embroidered outline is dyed purple, green and brown. |
Table runners or bureau scarves were used as early as the 11th century in England. They were placed under everything that could damage polished wood, such as plates, vases, glasses etc. They were also used to cover food to keep it fresh and on silver plates to ensure the food did not damage the silver.