A spectacular and rare ciborium veil, it originates from the Champagne region of France and dates towards 1870. It has been fashioned with the utmost elegance in materials and symbolism. Fine surviving examples such as this are almost extinct in today's market.
The four panels are of gold fabric with gilt threads. The front panel has a beautiful central medallion which depicts the Lamb of God (Agnus Dei) in silver frisee stumpwork embroidery. There are rays of gilt spangles which are encased and accented by twisted gilt metal braid. There are five flat gilt sequins which are attached to the altar by a twisted gilded metal braid. The face and legs of the lame of pressed silver which show beautiful detailing. The altar is of gilt fabric, metal braid and gilt thread. It is accented with red silk thread. There is a 1/2" wide border of fancy gilt metal "wheat sheaf" braid. The edges present a scalloped pattern. Gilt metal bullion forms the fancy edging to each panel.
The back is lined with creme colored silk. Each panel measures: 9" tall (10 1/4" including the fringe) and 5" wide. The veil is in spectacular antique condition with little wear. The silk backing has some old staining, The bullion fringe is lightly worn at the edges.
It is a magnificent example of religious accessory and art from the mid 19th century. The use of metal work embroidery imparts a richly royal countenance with the symbolism still speaking a message without words. It is an amazing relic of religious textile history.