Orphrey

Tuscan
1350–1400


Object Place: Florence, Italy

Dimensions

26.5 x 95.5 cm (10 7/16 x 37 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

58.330

Medium or Technique

Embroidered cotton

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Part of an orphrey for a cope. Narrow cotton (weft) and linen (warp) panel with narrower strips of plain green velvet sewn along the two long sides. Divided verticaly into two complete and two incomplete compartments, showing, bottom to top, Annunciation to Joachim, Birth of the Virgin, Marriage of the Virgin and Apostles appearing before the Virgin. Figures rendered in split stitch with polychrome silks against grounds of couched gold threads showing a relief pattern of rinceaux. Threads worn off in many places. Three small areas of bright yellow gold are restorations.

Provenance

Salvadori (dealer), Florence; sold by Salvadori to Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles; sold by Loewi to the MFA for $4800 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: March 13, 1958)

NOTES:
[1] MFA accession nos. 58.239 and 58.330 were purchased together for this amount.

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Fund of 1912 and Special Textile Fund