Sacred Stitches: Ecclesiastical Textiles in the Rothschild Collection
Sacred Stitches: Ecclesiastical Textiles in the Rothschild Collection by Rachel Boak
Sacred Stitches accompanied an exhibition that assembled for the first time fragments of opulent and unique ecclesiastical textiles drawn from the stored collections at Waddesdon Manor, the astonishing Renaissance-style château that is one of the rare survivors of the splendour of the goût Rothschild. Dating from c. 1400 to the late 1700s, the textiles were acquired by several members of the Rothschild family, the greatest collectors of the 19th century, who sought the highest quality of workmanship with a keen sense of historical importance. Although it might seem strange for a Jewish family to collect objects associated with the Christian church, the textiles were prized for their technical and artistic brilliance. Parts of altar frontals, vestments and other church furnishings, they survive as fragments, cushions, banners, hangings and furniture upholstery, as their original purposes were altered to suit tastes and interior styles of the late 1800s.
Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: The Rothschild Foundation (27 Mar. 2013)
Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 20.3 x 24.1 cm