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Book Cover and Book Mark

ca. 1634 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Object Type
Embroidery was much used for the bindings of religious books or presentation copies in England in the 16th and early 17th century. Although new covers might sometimes be made for precious books of an earlier date, the embroidery here is likely to be contemporary with the books.

Materials & Making
Bookbindings were sometimes worked by skilled amateur embroiderers. The best known examples are a series of books with embroidered bindings made by the future Queen Elizabeth I as New Year gifts for her father, Henry VIII, and his last wife, Katherine Parr. However, the materials that have been used here - metal thread, strip and purl - are difficult to use. When applied in embroidery of this quality, they almost always indicate professional work.

People
This binding was almost certainly carried out by a member of the Broderers' Company in London. The company was granted its charter for the organisation of professional work in 1561 and regulated the quality of embroideries sold to the public.


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Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Book Cover
  • Book Mark
Materials and Techniques
Satin covered board, embroidered with silver, silver-gilt-thread, purl and coil, and coloured silks, and plaited threads
Brief Description
Embroidered binding for 'The Book of Common Prayer' and bookmark, possibly by Broderers Company, embroidered in London, ca. 1634
Physical Description
Embroidered binding for 'The Book of Common Prayer' and bookmark.
Gallery Label
British Galleries: Embroidery was often used for the bindings of precious books. It was supplied by professional embroiderers, members of the Broderers' Company. This binding has an elaborate strapwork design with the Fountain of life in the central cartouche, and smaller pictures of the four Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.(27/03/2003)
Credit line
Given by the American and International Friends of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Inc.
Object history
Registered File number 1987/707.
Production
About 1634, for 'The Booke of Common Prayer', 1633, published by Robert Barker, London; 'The Whole Book of Psalmes', 1634
Subjects depicted
Summary
Object Type
Embroidery was much used for the bindings of religious books or presentation copies in England in the 16th and early 17th century. Although new covers might sometimes be made for precious books of an earlier date, the embroidery here is likely to be contemporary with the books.

Materials & Making
Bookbindings were sometimes worked by skilled amateur embroiderers. The best known examples are a series of books with embroidered bindings made by the future Queen Elizabeth I as New Year gifts for her father, Henry VIII, and his last wife, Katherine Parr. However, the materials that have been used here - metal thread, strip and purl - are difficult to use. When applied in embroidery of this quality, they almost always indicate professional work.

People
This binding was almost certainly carried out by a member of the Broderers' Company in London. The company was granted its charter for the organisation of professional work in 1561 and regulated the quality of embroideries sold to the public.
Bibliographic Reference
Official catalogue of the Scottish National Needlework Exhibition, Edinburgh, 1934.no.4
Collection
Accession Number
T.6-1988

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record createdMay 4, 2000
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