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Chasuble

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1500-1525 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk velvet, embroidered in coloured silks, silver-gilt thread and spangles; partly worked on linen and afterwards applied

  • Museum number:

    695-1902

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Chasuble of crimson silk velvet, with embroidery in coloured silks and silver-gilt thread and spangles, partly worked on linen and afterwards applied. The repeating design consists of floral devices, arranged in radiating lines to suit the shape of a cope, from which this chasuble has been cut. On the back is a cross-shaped orphrey containing the following figures beneath canopies, St. Peter, an Old Testament figure (?), St. Matthias, and a man holding a scroll. The left arm of the orphrey has a representation of the Head of our Saviour (originally the Morse of the cope), and the right arm consists of fragments. The background of each compartment is of silver-gilt thread and coloured floss silks couched in wavy and lozenge diapers.Trimmed wtih yellow and green silk braid. Reddish linen lining (now faded).

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1500-1525 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk velvet, embroidered in coloured silks, silver-gilt thread and spangles; partly worked on linen and afterwards applied

Dimensions

Length: 46.5 in back, Width: 28.875 in, Weight: 1.02 kg

Object history note

Acquired from Mrs Alice Hedley, 8 Mansfield Street, Cavendish Square, W. along with 695-1902, 696-1902 and 698-1902, two chasubles of similar date and a maniple, all for £50. The recommendation from Keeper Kendrick for the Council for Art at a meeting held on 23 June 1902 stated: 'These 3 chasubles, the property of Mrs Hedley, came from Hexham; they have not been in use for 20 years. The black chasuble appears to have been made from a pall, and the blue and red ones, as is very usual, from copes. They are all of English needlework; early 16th century'. (A. Kendrick's Report, 21/06/1902, RP. 87187/1902)

Descriptive line

Chasuble, silk velvet, embroidered in coloured silks, silver-gilt thread and spangles; partly worked on linen and afterwards applied; England, 1500-1525

Materials

Silk (textile); Silk thread; Silver-gilt thread; Spangles; Linen thread; Floss silk; Linen (material)

Techniques

Velvet weave; Embroidered; Applied work; Couching (embroidering)

Subjects depicted

Floral patterns; Figures; Diaper-work; Wave pattern; Canopies; Saints

Categories

Ecclesiastical textiles; Embroidery; Christianity; Ceremonial objects; Textiles

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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