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Burse

Burse

  • Place of origin:

    Bristol (made)

  • Date:

    1880-1890 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sedding, John Dando, born 1838 - died 1891 (designer)
    Sisters of Charity (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk and metal thread ground with embroidery in silk, gold thread, semi-precious stones, seed pearls, woven braid and cord

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Sisters of Charity

  • Museum number:

    T.67-2004

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This burse is part of a set of ecclesiastical vestments embroidered within the convent of the Sisters of Charity for use in their own chapel. A burse holds the plain linen used on the altar during Mass.

Physical description

Burse of woven silk and metal thread, with central embroidered panel showing the Virgin and Child with halos and radiating rays contained within an eight-sided cartouche with heads of putti in each corner with inscriptions 'Adoremus', 'In Eternam', 'Sancissimus' and 'Sacrementum'. The edge of the central composition has a repeating design of stars in metal pearl and seed pearls with corner decorations of garnet-coloured stones. The back of the burse and opening flaps are of the same damask as the ground of the burse and the matching chasuble (T.65-2004). The burse is edged with olive green coloured braid. It has a plain white cotton lining.

Silk and metal thread ground with embroidery in silk, gold thread, semi-precious stones, seed pearls, woven braid and cord. Embroidered in a range of stitches including long and short, stem and couching.

Place of Origin

Bristol (made)

Date

1880-1890 (made)

Artist/maker

Sedding, John Dando, born 1838 - died 1891 (designer)
Sisters of Charity (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Silk and metal thread ground with embroidery in silk, gold thread, semi-precious stones, seed pearls, woven braid and cord

Dimensions

Width: 22 cm, Height: 22 cm, Width: 17 cm central motif, Height: 17 cm central motif, Weight: 0.34 kg

Descriptive line

Burse, woven silk and metal, designer JD Sedding, makers Sisters of Charity, Bristol, 1880-1890

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission

Materials

Silk thread; Metal thread; Gold thread; Semi-precious stone

Techniques

Cording; Braiding; Weaving; Embroidering

Subjects depicted

Putti

Categories

Ecclesiastical textiles; Embroidery

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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