Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Vienna: Embroidered mantel and tapestry

This is the Mantel of the Order of the Golden Fleece in the Schatzkammer in Vienna.

 The images are a combination of needle painting, primarily for the faces and hands of the figures, goldwork, and gold thread couched in colored silk.  The density of the couching threads determines the darkness of the color.

The formal name for this technique is Or Nue.

I believe this piece was worked in the 15th century.

This tapestry is embroidered using the same techniques.

These figures also feature embellishments with embroidered peals.  The shading on the clothing is made from silk couching threads over gold.  The face is needle painted.

The level of detail on these figures is amazing.  Viewing these tapestries gave me a new perspective on what can be done with the couching technique.