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Chasuble

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (velvet, made)
    England (embroidery, made)

  • Date:

    mid 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    crimson silk velvet, brocaded with gilt metal threads (with boucle - loop effects), adorned with linen orphreys embroidered with silver-gilt and polychrome silk threads, and seed pearl decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Lent by the English Province of the Order of Preachers

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:ENG.DOMINICAN.1

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Chasuble made of crimson velvet, which pattern is achieved by covering the areas that would otherwise be left voided (clear of the pile warp, with the ground weave clearly visible) with supplementary (brocading) gilt-metal weft. The main motifs are additionaly enriched and enchanced by creating the boucle loops with the supplementary (brocading) weft. The orphreys are linen embroidered with gilt metal and polychrome silks in split stitch and couched work, additional seed pearl decoration.

The orphreys are embroidered with pairs of saints beneath elaborate architectural canopies. Unidentified prophets are paired with saints including St Simon, St Bartholomew, John the Evangelist, St Andrew, St James the Less and St Thomas.

Place of Origin

Italy (velvet, made)
England (embroidery, made)

Date

mid 15th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

crimson silk velvet, brocaded with gilt metal threads (with boucle - loop effects), adorned with linen orphreys embroidered with silver-gilt and polychrome silk threads, and seed pearl decoration

Dimensions

Weight: 1.58 kg, Length: 122.6 cm, Width: 73.1 cm

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission

Materials

Silk; Velvet; Pearls; Linen

Techniques

Embroidering; Weaving; Technique; Brocading; Technique; Weft loop weave; Technique

Categories

Embroidery; Ecclesiastical textiles; Christianity

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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