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Faith, Hope, and Charity: T.6A & B-2001

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Faith, Hope, and Charity


Production: Unknown




Two raised-work panels. Ivory satin-faced silk, embroidered with polychrome silk, silver and gilt-metal threads, and spangles. The silk is worked in split, satin, stem, French knots, ? for hair of the figures of Faith and Charity, possibly, and twisted or corded thread, laid and couched. The metal thread is laid and couched, padded, braided, interlaced, and used to secure spangles, also 'stretched' to make small trees (?) or floral bouquets. Faith, Hope, and Charity with their attributes. Faith and Hope are in the upper panel in roundels of metal thread. The remainder of the panel is worked with metal thread panels enclosing 'bouquets', and with symmetrically arrnaged flat silk embroidered flowers - tulips, daffodils, peony (?). the lower panel has a central roundel enclosing Charity, similar 'bouquet' panels, and flowers - daffodils, tulips, iris, strawberry, and peony (?). Mounted in a later glazed wood frame.


History note: Lieutenant Colonel Naomi Christy, London

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Naomi Christy

Measurements and weight

Height: 40 cm
Width: 34 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2001-10-08) by Christy, Naomi


Late 17th Century
Production date: circa AD 1670

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Ground composed of satin-faced silk ( ivory)
Embroidery composed of silk thread ( polychrome) spangles silver thread gilt-metal thread
Lower Panel Height 40 cm Width 15 cm
Top Panel Height 40 cm Width 19 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: T.6A & B-2001
Primary reference Number: 38659
Entry form: 158
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 17 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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