Italian Chasuble of Venetian Raised Needle Lace

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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