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Chasuble with orphreys

  • Place of origin:

    England, Britain (embroidered)
    Italy (velvet, made)

  • Date:

    1434-1445 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven silk velvet, with embroidery in silk, silver-gilt and silver thread

  • Museum number:

    402-1907

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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The chasuble is the main vestment worn by a priest when celebrating Mass. This example is of great historic interest as the orignal owner, the Duke of Warwick (d.1445), can be identified by the heraldic devices on the coats of arms applied to the orphreys.

Chasubles and other church vestments made of rich and fashionable materials were often used to symbolise the status of the owner or donor, as in this case, as well as to show his or her devotion to the church.

Physical description

The chasuble would originally have been larger and has been cut down to suit changes in church ritual. The orphreys show the crucifixion of Christ with God the Father above, angels with heraldic shields, and saints.

Place of Origin

England, Britain (embroidered)
Italy (velvet, made)

Date

1434-1445 (made)

Artist/maker

unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Woven silk velvet, with embroidery in silk, silver-gilt and silver thread

Marks and inscriptions

Shieldswith the coats of arms of Henry de Beauchamp, Duke of Warwick

Dimensions

Height: 120 cm, Width: 86 cm maximum, Weight: 1.4 kg

Production Note

The shield of arms on the cross oprhrey denotes that the chasuble belonged to Henry de Beauchamp, Duke of Warwick ( who died in 1445) after his marriage to Lady Cecily Neville in 1434.

Materials

Linen; Silver thread; Silver-gilt thread; Silk velvet; Embroidery silks

Techniques

Weaving; Embroidery

Subjects depicted

God; Christ; Shields; Crucifixion; Saints

Categories

Ecclesiastical textiles; Embroidery

Collection code

T&F

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