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Database No.: 90
Name of Work: Butler-Bowdon Cope
Country: Great Britain
Site: London: Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum
Object Type: Vestment, cope
Date: 1320 - 1325
Dimensions: h. 168cm; w. 350cm (h. 66in, w. 138in)
Subject Terms:
Diagram (Christie)

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Bibliography: De Farcy, L., Broderie, Suppl. I (1900), p. 141; pl. 151

London, Burlington Fine Arts Club, Exhibition of English Embroidery (1905), p. 59; pls. XIII, XIV

Morris, M., "Opus Anglicanum, III. The Pienza Cope," Burlington Magazine, VII (1905), pp. 302-309, pl. I

Braun, J., Die liturgische Gewandung (1907), p. 346; fig. 163

De Farcy, L., Broderie, Suppl. II (1919), pl. 223

Christie, A., "Unknown English Medieval Chasuble," Burlington Magazine, LI (1927), pp. 291, 292

London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Exhibition of English Mediaeval Art (1930), p. viii; pl. 33

London, Royal Academy of Arts, Catalogue of British Art (1934), p. 271 (1207); pl. CCXX

Kurth, B., "Zwei englische Stickerei-Fragmente mit der Legende des Hl. Thomas Becket," Pantheon, XV (1935), p. 162

Christie, A., English Medieval Embroidery (1938), pp. 167-171 (no. 90); pls. CXXV-CXXIX; figs. 17, 18, 137

London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Opus Anglicanum (1963), pp. 38 f. (77); cover photo pl.

Husband, T., "Ecclesiastical Vestments of the Middle Ages," Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., XXIX (1970-1971), p. 286; frontispiece

Young, B., "Opus Anglicanum," Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., XXIX (1970-1971), pp. 293, 296, f.; figs. 6, 10, 14, 17

London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Medieval Treasury (1986), pp. 216-217; illus.

Staniland, K., Embroiderers (1991), p. 65; fig. 74

Larson, W., "Role of Patronage and Audience in the Cults of Sts Margaret and Marina of Antioch," Gender and Holiness: Men, Women and Saints in Late Medieval Europe (2002), p. 31 and n. 44

Monnas, L., Merchants, Princes and Painters: Silk Fabrics in Italian and Northern Paintings, 1300-1550 (2008), p. 43; fig. 32

Notes: Possibly the cope given by John Kelselle to Saint-Albans Abbey.

Formerly Collection of Butler-Bowden of Chesterfield.

Vestment reassembled; badly mutilated; restorations drawn on background in 1854.