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Chalice veil

Chalice veil

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1600-1625 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk embroidered with silver and silk thread and lined with linen

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs G Benthall

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Chalice veil of red silk lined with linen and embroidered with silver thread, silver purl and silver cord in couched work and with coloured silks in satin, long and short and stem stitches. The embroidery is sized on the back.

In the centre, within an elaborate cartouche, is a shield of arms. The cartouche is surmounted by a cardinal's hat and tassels.

The swords and beehive are incorporated in the corner motifs of coiling floral branches.

The border has a running design of coiling leaves and flowery stems with running dogs and hares, beehives and female heads. At the corners are vases of flowers.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


1600-1625 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk embroidered with silver and silk thread and lined with linen


Length: 49.5 cm, Width: 49.5 cm

Descriptive line

Chalice veil of embroidered silk, Italy, 1600-1625


Ecclesiastical textiles; Christianity; Embroidery


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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