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Item Details
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Culture
England, London (embroidery) and Italy, Florence (velvet), early 16th century
Title
Chasuble
Work Type
Embroidery
Date
1500-1520
Material
Silk, gold thread, sequins; appliqué, embroidery: couching stitches Velvet: solid pile, silk; embroidery: or nué
Measurements
Overall: 122.5 x 74 cm (48 1/4 x 29 1/8 in.)
Description
After centuries of elaborate work, the English adopted a simpler style of embroidering vestments suitable for mass production around 1500. Isolated motifs, often floral, were embroidered on a plain linen cloth, cut out, and appliquéd on velvet; their edges were then concealed with couching stitches, as in this ecclesiastical chasuble. The orphrey band in the center depicts Saints Peter, John the Evangelist, and Andrew, identified by their names and attributes (top to bottom). Most of the surface is covered with gold thread sewn down by colored silk thread passing over it in different densities to create the effect of modeling, a technique known by its French name or nué, or shaded gold.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: T - Ecclesiastical
Department: Textiles
Gift of Walter C. and Alvin W. Littwitz in memory of their father, Max Littwitz
Accession Number
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
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File Properties
File Name
1947.2_full.tif
SSID
24593544

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