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A heavy fabric with highly raised designs.

[French, from Italian broccatello, diminutive of broccato, brocade; see brocade.]
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(ˌbrɒkəˈtɛl) or


1. (Textiles) a heavy brocade with the design in deep relief, used chiefly in upholstery
2. (Geological Science) a type of variegated marble from France and Italy
[C17: from French, from Italian broccatello, diminutive of broccato brocade]
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(ˌbrɒk əˈtɛl, ˌbroʊ kə-)

a brocadelike fabric with a design in high relief.
[1660–70; < French < Italian broccatello]
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THREE-YEAR-OLDS Ahlaain c Bernstein - Brocatelle Sultan Ali 5-42275 RPR 97 A likeable horse who just lacks a bit of class.
The variety and hierarchy of soft furnishings indicate the relative levels of luxury, with brocatelle, sarcenet, velvet and damask decorating the family apartments, and materials such as serge appearing in the servants' quarters.
Garnier also selected more than 10 different types of marble, including Swedish green, sarancolin, peach blossom turquoise, brocatelle, and sampan from Echaillon and the Dura, to fashion the facade.
Her dam, Brocatelle, is a Green Desert half-sister to the Irish 2,000 Guineas and Breeders' Cup Mile hero, along with Fillies' Mile and Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Gossamer, Group/Grade 3 winners Zabar and Free At Last, the dam of Seta and the granddam of Saamidd.
The dining room has red Utrecht velvet curtains and red wallpaper; elsewhere the walls were hung with red silk brocatelle, used also for upholstery.
TWO-YEAR-OLDS We've got 34 two-year-olds, and of the colts I would pick out an unnamed Bernstein out of Brocatelle. He's very likeable, is big, scopey and shows enough speed that we could start him over 5f in May.
It certainly performed no part in the embellishment of his principal projects--the suite of rooms hung with crimson Genoese brocatelle in 1761-62, the Gothic Chapel with trompe l'oeil decorations of 1768-72, the 'Grecian theatric staircase', begun in 1770, or the ancestral mausoleum or 'Tomb Chamber', begun in 1771, but still incomplete on Chute's death in 1776.
In 2000, Brocatelle, Brocade's unsuccessful daughter by Green Desert, realised an astonishing 1,700,000gns at the December Sales.
Half-sisters Brocatelle (Green Desert) and Zibilene (Rainbow Quest) topped the Tattersalls December Mares Sale in consecutive years, selling for 1,700,000gns in 2000 and 1,500,000gns in 2001 respectively.
In addition to juveniles by the leading sires, the catalogue includes a colt by Machiavellian out of Brocatelle, a half-sister to Barathea and Gossamer; two colts by Moon Ballad's sire Singspiel; a Swain colt; three colts and two fillies by Stravinsky; and a full-brother to Godolphin's Champagne Stakes winner Almushahar, by Silver Hawk out of Sayyedati.
Talking of this family, Brocade's placed daughter Brocatelle topped the 2000 Tattersalls December Sale at 1,700,000gns, and the foal she was carrying, a colt by Machiavellian, is on offer.