Saturday, November 12, 2016
Late 17th Century/Early 18th C Cloak (?) Chasuble (?) Not sure what it is but it's velvet & silver trim!
From the seller:
ACQUIRED FROM A PROMINENT MUSEUM DEACCESSION
MUSEUM DATED THIS PIECE TO THE 17TH C
ALL HAND STITCHED
FASHIONED OF A DEEP GRAPE SILK VELVET WITH METALLIC GILT BRAID TRIMMING ALL THE EDGES WITH A BRUSH BRAIDING AT THE EDGES
POINTED IN FRONT, SQUARE IN THE REAR
CENTER REAR BACK IN A ROUND OF THE GILT
INTERIOR IS LINED IN SILK, OVER A THICK LINEN WITH PATCHED AREAS SEEN OVER HTE YEARS, SOME SMALL BREAKAGE TO THE LINING IN THE CORNERS WITH ONE PATCH HAVING SEEN SHATTER.
THE COLOR IS A DEEPER PURPLE ON THE REAR WITH THE FRONT SIDE EVENLY FADED SLIGHTLY
A SMALL PORTION OF THE BRAID AND GILT AT THE FRONT HAS A SMALL NIP OF ABSENCE
A 400 YEAR OLD PIECE? CONDITION IS EXCELLENT! A RARELY FOUND VERY EARLY TEXTILE!!
MEASUREMENTS IN INCHES:
LENGTH IN CENTER REAR: 27
LENGTH IN FRONT FROM SHOULDER TO BOTTOM: 45
I have no clue what this is. I mean, I know it's something that goes over the shoulders but different cultures called this by different names. It's not quite a Chasuble (garment worn by a priest) as there is no way to cover the front of the person completely. It's not a Jinbaori because the Jinbaori are closed on the sides - besides (teehee!), the trim is very European and the placement of the trim does seem to indicate a Catholic garment. Maybe it was a piece to a grand cope? I'm really not sure but the trim lines would be right for that.
The trim, however, I am sure about. It's late 17th C/early 18th Century.