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Vestment: T.40-1949

Object information

Maker(s)

Unknown

Description

Linen vestment embroidered with polychrome silks in Cretan feather, satin, split, fishbone, buttonhole, chain, stem, and whipped stem stitch with French knots.

Four fragments, possibly from an embroidered furnishing rather than a skirt border, are joined to form part of a chasuble or cope. A band of couched metal thread is worked down the centre. The pattern is formed of two bands of alternating sirens and two headed eagles, both placed above two handled vases. From the siren holding her tails spring spiral, floral scrolls of roses and tulips, which shelter a long bodied bird. Upon each scroll sits an imp with a leaf sprig in its hand. At each side of the base of the vase there are floral prays with a hare and Dachshund motif. Sprays sprout from the back of the eagles. In the second band, carnations sprig from the eagles back and from their beak a spiral scrolling spray of carnations. Perched upon the top is a pair of confronting long bodied birds with a rose spray between them.

Legal notes

Given by Sir Augustus and Lady Daniel

Measurements and weight

Length: 146 cm
Width: 95 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Crete ⪼ Greece

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1949-06-25) by Augustus, Daniel, Sir & Lady

Dating

18th-early 19th century
Circa 1701 CE - Circa 1820 CE

Materials used in production

embroidery Silk ground Linen

Techniques used in production

Weaving : Linen vestment embroidered with polychrome silks in Cretan feather, satin, split, fishbone, buttonhole, chain, stem, and whipped stem stitch with French knots. Four fragments, possibly from an embroidered furnishing rather than a skirt border, are joined to form part of a chasuble or cope. A band of couched metal thread is worked down the centre. The pattern is formed of two bands of alternating sirens and two headed eagles, both placed above two handled vases. From the siren holding her tails spring spiral, floral scrolls of roses and tulips, which shelter a long bodied bird. Upon each scroll sits an imp with a leaf sprig in its hand. At each side of the base of the vase there are floral prays with a hare and Dachshund motif. Sprays sprout from the back of the eagles. In the second band, carnations sprig from the eagles back and from their beak a spiral scrolling spray of carnations. Perched upon the top is a pair of confronting long bodied birds with a rose spray between them.
Embroidering

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.40-1949
Primary reference Number: 110434
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 December 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

Citation for print

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2022) "Vestment" Web page available at: https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/110434 Accessed: 2022-05-25 18:12:33

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