Italian, 17th Century, Embroidered Chalice Veil worked in Silks and Gold

(Italy, 17th Century)

Italian, 17th Century, Embroidered Chalice Veil worked in Silks and Gold
164 Windy Row
Peterborough, NH, 03458
603-924-6601
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Italian, 17th Century, Embroidered Chalice Veil worked in Silks and Gold

An outstanding example of Italian silk embroidery on a 17th century mounted chalice veil. The ground of cream-colored silk, representing life, is worked in colored silks with a symmetrical pattern of tulips and other flowers springing from leafy stems all outlined with gold gilt thread. Centered is the sun worked in fine gold threads with a central flower rather than IHS, which is more seen, making this veil less religious in appearance. Edged with a gold torchon lace, mounted on a rich blue silk and ready for hanging.

WIDTH: 28 in | HEIGHT: 27 in

Origin Italy
Category Textiles
Circa1650
Period 17th Century
Style Unspecified
ConditionVery good

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CONDITION: Various small splits/missing silk ground along two old fold lines. Candle wax along one side,

THB REF: 1237860424 DEALER REF: 21-M09

Commentary

"A Chalice veil was used to cover the chalice to prevent dust and insects from coming in contact with the bread and wine and were intended to show honor to the vessels used for the sacrament. An identical chalice veil can be seen in “Ornament in European Silks” by Alan Cole, 1899.

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