TWO MEDIEVAL OPUS ANGLICANUM EMBROIDERED ECCLESIASTICAL VERTICAL FRAGMENTS, ENGLISH, LATE 14TH CENTURY
probably originally part of a vestment orphrey band, one worked with figure of St Anne with Mary as a child, and the other possibly of St Etheldreda (Ethelthrith), Abbess of Ely, with her crosier, both worked with silks in split stitch with a diapered gold ground, within foliate niches, mounted next to each other in a glazed frame
Glazed Frame: 48 by 48cm; 2ft. 1in., 2ft. 10in.
Glazed frame: 48cm. high, 48cm. wide
Each vertical motif: approximately 34.5cm. high, 16.3cm. wide
These are fragments which would have been part of large panels, probably from an orphrey panel and therefore would have been a long vertical panel used around the neck and hanging down. These pieces are relatively finely worked. There is a nick from the top right corner of the panel with the single figure (St. Etheldreda), as visible in the photograph. The colours are faded but evenly and therefore consistent appearance. The ground includes gilt thread within the niche, and silvered threads in the ground of the top section behind the leaf motif, the silver being tarnished and therefore a little dark in appearance, but the gilt thread still having sparkle when it catches the light.
Despite faded and therefore now muted colours, these are in good condition for their age.
Evocative pieces from an important period for English embroidery.
They have been well mounted.
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Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1905
V&A Mediaeval Art, 1930, No. 455
Royal Academy, British Art, 1934, No. 4
Commemorative Exhibition of the Art Treasures of the Midlands, City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1934, p.105, No. 420; lent by R.G.W.Berkeley, Esq.
‘Spetchley Park -I. Worcestershire, The Seat of Mr. R. V. Berkeley', Country Life, 8 July 1916, p. 45, illustrated in the Drawing Room