A Violet Vestment from the Eighteenth Century

As we look to begin the season of Advent this weekend, I thought we'd take a moment to share a beautiful pale violet vestment from the eighteenth century -- specifically, in this instance, coming from 1750-1774. Eighteenth century tastes were such that they typically favoured pastel palettes with snaking, "a meandro" designs with floral motifs. In this regard, this vestment may well represent one of the utterly classical manifestations of non-embroidered vestments from this period. 

The vestment is of French manufacture -- which may surprise some as stylistically it might seem more  Italian than French, but it must be noted that in the eighteenth century French and Italian vestment work was much more similar in form and cut, unlike in the nineteenth century when the now familiar French cut and Parisian cross came to predominate. 

Silver galloons are used on the vestments set, accenting the silver meandering ribbons found in the main textile itself. 

In many regards this set is a typical day-to-day vestment set of this particular period. 

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