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Christening Blanket

1651-1675 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This christening blanket has an elaborate border of bobbin lace worked in gold and silver thread. Families wrapped babies in christening blankets, or bearing cloths, at christenings and other ceremonial occasions. The blankets were of rich materials, typically silk velvet, silk satin, or silk woven with a pattern in gold or silver thread. They often had elaborate borders. Such blankets displayed the wealth and status of their owners. Families used them to celebrate a new birth. They used them only on special occasions and treated then with great care, passing them down through the generations.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Satin, silk, gold and silver bobbin lace
Brief Description
Christening blanket of satin with applied metal lace border, England, approx. 1651-1675.
Physical Description
Mantle of cream-coloured satin, lined with fine, soft cream silk. Decorated all round with a border of heavy gold and silver gilt and bobbin lace. The lace has a bold baroque design based on the needle laces of Venice. Scrolling, open-work tapes, outlined with a thick cordonnet are decorated with applied rosettes.
Dimensions
  • Length: 69.5in
  • Width: 59.5in
  • Lace width: 14.5cm
Summary
This christening blanket has an elaborate border of bobbin lace worked in gold and silver thread. Families wrapped babies in christening blankets, or bearing cloths, at christenings and other ceremonial occasions. The blankets were of rich materials, typically silk velvet, silk satin, or silk woven with a pattern in gold or silver thread. They often had elaborate borders. Such blankets displayed the wealth and status of their owners. Families used them to celebrate a new birth. They used them only on special occasions and treated then with great care, passing them down through the generations.
Collection
Accession Number
T.122-1977

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record createdOctober 30, 2003
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