Saturday, 9 August 2008

Amazing Technicolour Chasuble

Remember this?

...the official vestments for World Youth Day in Paris (1997). Well, here's the eighteenth century equivalent, which I stumbled across while setting up for one of my Masses in Piedmont last week:

However, given the modern-day cultural connotations I'm sure this item is kept in the drawer as a curiosity piece...



Blogger Samuel J. Howard said...

What's the liturgical color?

12:45 am  
Blogger FrGregACCA said...

Well, all my illusions about Roman Catholicism in the 18th Century just got blown to smithereens...

Any idea on the provenance of these vestments? English, I assume. Are they "all season"? Any relationship between their, uh, distinct character and the status of the RC Church in the British Isles at the time?

7:21 am  
Blogger Fr Nicholas said...

Yes, I suppose it is 'all seasons' - quite useful as a travelling chasuble?

Provenance - the vestment was found in a north Italian sacristy, though not far from the Swiss and French borders.

8:53 am  
Blogger Fr Ray Blake said...

There was a similar set at Wonersh, part of Dr Rock's collection.

9:45 pm  
Blogger gemoftheocean said...

Hey, I have a couch that's done in those colors!

Wow....interesting thought about "Traveling chasuble."

8:55 am  
Blogger Josephus Muris Saliensis said...

One gets many similar garish vestments in France made of domestic fabrics and (moreso) ladies' or men's dress fabrics from that period, late 18th and early 19th century, often very garish and, to our prudish liturgical eyes, inappropriate. A visit to the magnificent Silk Museum in Lyons has many good examples. There was a fashion dating from the middle ages for ladies of quality to give costumes, often wedding dresses (never white in those days) made of costly silks, to be made into vestments, and thus we have much surviving which would otherwise be lost. Similar things were made from men's suits too, which were often of similar bright cloths. This particular example of Father Schofield's could have been the clothing of either sex from this period (1760? I would guess).

It is shame, however, if priests feel themselves unable to wear such treasures from time to time when they find them in the press – they are part of our cultural heritage!

11:14 am  
Blogger Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

Still hideous in the 18th century.

5:41 pm  

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