Paris, about 1380-1390 Paris
Musee de cluny Height: about 40 cm.

On the front, the Nativity, Crucifixion, John the Baptist and a Bishop Saint. On the back, the Adoration of the Magi, Annunciation, Saints Denis and Catherine. On the lappets, the Virgin and Child with a kneeling bishop as donor. White silk taffeta, with linen lining. Gold thread; silk in pink, white and green. Seed pearls. The figures are worked in relief over a linen foundation, and applied. Gold embroidery in couched work, with black chain stitches indicating the folds. Faces, hands and parts of the draperies in very fine chain stitch; hair partly in knot stitch. The embroidery representing the ground beneath the figures is worked in or nue'; architectural parts worked in metal thread in relief.

Source: Schuette, Marie and Sigrid Muller-Christensen: Pictorial History of Embroidery ; NY: Frederick Praeger, 1964.

Copyright 2000 Jen Funk Segrest (Elspeth Grizel of Dunfort)