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Database No.: 44
Name of Work: Clare Chasuble
Country: Great Britain
Site: London: Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum
Object Type: Vestment, chasuble
Date: last quarter 13c.
Dimensions: h. 124cm, w. 80cm (h. 49in, w. 31in)
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Bibliography: De Farcy, L., Broderie (1890), I, p. 123; II, pl. 18

London, Burlington Fine Arts Club, Exhibition of English Embroidery (1905), p. 45; pl. II

London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Exhibition of English Mediaeval Art (1930), p. vii; pl. 11

London, Victoria and Albert Museum, 100 Masterpieces (1930), pl. 43

Christie, A., English Medieval Embroidery (1938), pp. 78-79 (no. 44); pl. XXXI

Rickert, M., Painting in Britain: The Middle Ages (1954), pp. 128, 151; pl. 117

Brieger, P., English Art 1216-1307 (1957), pp. 210-211; pl. 78 (b)

London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Opus Anglicanum (1963), pp. 19-20 (30); pl. 2

Schuette, M., & Müller-Christensen, S., Das Stickereiwerk (1963), pp. 15, 31; figs. 97-98

Bignozzi Montefusco, F., Piviale di San Domenico (1970), pp. 26-27; pl. 4

Ottawa, National Gallery, Art and Courts (1972), I, pp. 164-165 (86); II, pls. 112A-112B

Johnstone, P., High Fashion in the Church (2002), p. 39; figs. 32, 33

Ward, S., "Saints in Split Stitch: Representations of Saints in Opus Anglicanum Vestments," Medieval Clothing and Textiles, III (2007), pp. 46-48; fig. 3.5

Notes: Stole and maniple (now lost) on which were heraldic shields bearing arms of the houses of Clare, Lacy and Cornwall, and the shield of England, originally formed part of this chasuble.

Acquired in 1864 by the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Photo: ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London