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chasuble

Date: 1400 - 1499
Country: Italy
Continent: Europe
Technique: embroidery, weaving
Material: metallic thread, silk on linen
Dimensions: 44 x 26 in. (112 x 67 cm)
Credit: Transferred from the Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Purchased by the Museum with the Edna G. Dyar Fund, 1971
Accession Number: 1994.10.001


Comments: packed offsite in BOX X43 on 12-14-09
One half (front or back) of a chasuble--red voided velvet (ferronerie) in ogive and pomegranate design.  Embroidered orphrey band attached to center (placed vertically).  Orphrey shows four saints (2 male, 2 female) in architectural niches done in silk and metallic threads.   The chasuble is a vestment worn by priests or bishops officiating at services.  Velvet was a preferred material for vestments of high quality, but not before the 15th century.  Such cut velvets derived their name--'ferronerie'--from an imagined similarity to Medieval wrought iron.  The velvet has been cut and joined into one larger piece, typical for objects of this sort (from Elvehjem documentation).  Documentation provided by the Elvehjem Art Center states that the velvet is mid-15th century from Italy (Genoa or Lucca province) and the orphrey dates about 1500 and is possibly Spanish (or Flemish or from the Netherlands).

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This object has the following bibliographic references:
  • Stories to Tell: Recent Aquisitions from the HLATC--Gallery Guide. Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. Gallery of Design- Human Ecology , 1996. Page Number: 15-16.
  • Christie's International Magazine. , 1996. Page Number: 117.
  • Adele Covlin Weibel. Two Thousand Years of Textiles:  The Figured Textiles of Europe and the Nea. Pantheon Books. New York , 1952. Page Number: pl. 226.

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pomegranate
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