FRONTAL OF THE HIGH ALTAR OF HALBERSTADT CATHEDRAL
second half of the 13th century, Halberstadt,
Cathedral Museum. No. 203
Throne: about 58 cm high
"Detail. Red satin faded to old rose.
Bead embroidery on parchment and linen. Coral and glass
beads of cylindrical and spherical form, opaque and transparent.
Predominant colors: coral red, two shades of green, dark
blue shading, to light blue, turquoise, aubergine (i.e.
eggplant purple), gold, black.
All the seed pearls and most of the violet
glass beads and the gilded plaques are now missing. The outer
edge and inner fields of the throne had metal plaques with
Romanesque foliage and palmettes (their imprints remain on
the material). The effect of the whole is impaired by the
white patches left where the seed pearls and gold plaques
Pictoral History of Embroidery, M. Schuette
(Library of Congress # 64-13379) [Gestickte Bildteppiche
des Mittelalters (in english: Art of Medieval Tapestry),
Leipzig1930.] Frederick A. Praeger, Inc, Publisher, New York
1964, 64 University Place, New York 3, New York