Cope embroidered with chinoiserie motifs.
Late 18th century.
The liturgical mantle in taffeta (silk) embroidered with polychrome threads, silver thread, foil inserts, small metal circles.
Looking carefully you can see that the motif of the embroidery is in particular a tree, perhaps a bent willow. Surely it derives from Chinese porcelain, very fashionable and very imitated in the Rococo period. And it is the same tree that we frequently find on English blue and white plates, known as the "Willow pattern".
The border is decorated with the magnificent lace made of silver foil, which has traces of gilding on the back. In the center there is a half circle application, which looks like a loop.
Lined in light green silk.
Conservation notes: silk fragility; some breaks in the fabric due to the aging of the silk thread.
Provenance: Tuscan residence of a famous Piedmontese family.