Sunday, 9 December 2012

Violet vestments in 16th century style

The Saint Bede Studio recently completed the vestments shewn in the adjacent photographs for a young priest in the Diocese of Richmond, a returning customer. This chasuble is in the style commonly known as Saint Philip Neri, typical of the 16th century, although less ample than the measurements set down by S' Charles Borromeo.

Although there are many different shades used for Lenten and Advent vestments (none of which has a claim to being the correct colour), nevertheless, this particular shade of violet is closer to what was used during the mediaeval period and through until the 19th century.  It is a subdued colour, but not dark, closer to the shade of the flowers Violets. 

Instead of the ubiquitous treatment of gold ornament, these vestments are ornamented with galloons of a silver-grey and are lined in the same colour. The vestments are ornamented in the Roman manner.

Matching the chasuble is a cope, whose orphrey is also formed with outlining braids in silver-grey.

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