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The Windy Cove Pintails embroidery design

The Windy Cove Pintails

The Chipping Campden frontal, like the
cope mentioned on p. 54, has a ground of
Italian damask of the later part of the
fifteenth century (Plate 27). In the middle is
the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The
floral patterns in horizontal rows on either
side are simple and effective.*

The frontal at Salisbury f has the Annun-
ciation for its central subject. The Virgin
Mary kneels to receive the angelic message ;
between the two figures is a tall lily; and
above the Virgin hovers the Holy Dove. The
surrounding space is covered with half-length
figures of angels, double-headed eagles, fleurs-
de-lys, and other designs, worked in gold
thread and coloured silks.

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