Thursday, 4 April 2013
Recently at auction in Lisbon was this fabulous embroidered armorial sumpter cloth. That it has various armorials is no surprise, since such a cloth would have been draped over a horse for formal processions. The coats of arms belong to the Chaves, Palhares and Teixeira families. This is a linen cloth embroidered with polychrome silks and gold and silver threads. The centre depicts the Tree of Jesse and the border is decorated with the kings of Israel down the long sides with their begettings documented in the text.
Posted by N E E D L E P R I N T at 17:46