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Italian Chasuble of Venetian Raised Needle Lace

Italian chasubel of Venetian Raised Needle Lace, 17th century. Italian chasubel of Venetian Raised Needle Lace, 17th century. Copyright Victoria and Albert Museum, London, acc. no. 743-1870.

The Victoria and Albert Museum (London) houses a chasuble (acc. no. 743-1870) dating from the late seventeenth century, which is decorated with (Venetian) raised needle lace mounted on a red silk ground (this may be a Victorian mount). The floral motifs are separated by narrow bands with flower heads. All of the lace is worked in a linen thread.

This type of lace was very fashionable in the mid- to late seventeenth century and would have been very expensive. The chasuble and accompanying chalice veil (acc. no. 746-1870), maniple (acc. no. 745-1870) and stole (acc. no. 744-1870) were purchased by the museum from the London lace dealers, A. Blackborne & Co., in 1870.

V&A online catalogue (retrieved 16 April 2016).

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