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. 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. Various small splits/missing silk ground along two old fold lines, candle wax along one side. If you would like to track or insure your package extra charges will apply. All non paying buyers are then permanently blocked from all our future auctions.
The item "Italian, 17th Century, Embroidered Chalice Veil worked in Silks and Gold Thread" is in sale since Tuesday, September 01, 2015. This item is in the category "Antiques\Linens & Textiles (Pre-1930)\Embroidery".
The seller is "faded-visions" and is located in Peterborough, New Hampshire. This item can be shipped worldwide.