c. 1760-1770

Taffeta, brocaded; silk, silver, and gold thread

Overall: 121.8 x 73 cm (47 15/16 x 28 3/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1986.29



This costly woven silk with brilliant strips of gold foil features landscapes with blossoming trees and architecture, motifs that were popular by the 1760s. Its asymmetrical pattern suggests it was designed as a furnishing fabric rather than for clothing. Perhaps it was donated by a faithful parishioner to be made into an ecclesiastical vestment in a well-established practice.

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