Stuff Sacred Stitches: Ecclesiastical Textiles in the Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor
by Rachel Boak
ISBN-10: 0954731034
ISBN-13: 9780954731038
The Rothschild Foundation
Soft Cover
Pages: 80
Language(s): English
Very Good - Very light cover and edge wear; lower corner lightly bumped; else like new.

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Published to accompany the exhibition of the same name held 27 March - 27 October 2013, Sacred Stitches assembles together for the first time fragments of opulent ecclesiastical textiles drawn entirely from the stored collections at Waddesdon Manor.

The textiles, dating from c. 1400 to the late 1700's, were acquired by several members of the Rothschild family. 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 and used as furnishings. Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild used them in the Bachelors' Wing at Waddesdon, the first part of the house to be completed, in 1880. His sister Alice also had an eye for the finest ecclesiastical embroideries, displaying them as decorative hangings in her own house nearby. A passionate collector of 18th-century costume, Ferdinand and Alice's niece, Baroness Edmond de Rothschild, collected smaller items for use in the textile-rich interiors of ther Paris home.

Parts of altar frontals, vestments and other church furnishings, the textiles survive as fragments, cushions, banners, hangings and mounted on furniture, as their original purposes were altered to suit tastes and styles of the late 1800's.