Evelin Wetter and Martha Wolff (eds.)

The Embroidered Altarpiece from El Burgo de Osma

The retable of Pedro de Montoya, bishop of Osma (1453–1474), is the largest example of an embroidered altarpiece. Today, it is part of the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. The altarpiece underwent conservation / restoration and technical documentation in the Abegg-Stiftung. This was followed by an international workshop focusing on the concept and technique of the altarpiece as well as on its art historical and historical context. The essays locate this masterpiece of an ambitious donor in the artistic milieu of fifteenth-century Castile. Contributions on the art of embroidery in the Crown of Aragon complete the volume.

Riggisberger Berichte 25 | With contributions by M. Abt, J. Berg Sobré, R. Cornudella, G. Macías, B. Niekamp, E. Wetter, M. Wolff | 428 p., 268 figs., 40 pl., hardcover, 24 x 31.5 cm, 2022, ISBN 978-3-905014-72-3

CHF 85.00

Michael Peter

Gewebtes Gold
Eine kleine Geschichte der Metallfadenweberei von der Antike bis um 1800

Der Wunsch, Metall — vor allem Gold — nicht nur als Schmuck, sondern auch als Kleidung zu tragen, ist so alt wie die Textilkunst selbst. Die Kostbarkeit des Materials und die aufwendigen Herstellungsverfahren machten Stoffe mit Gold- und Silberfäden zu Luxusgütern ersten Ranges.
Das Buch verfolgt die Entwicklung der Metallfadenweberei von ihren Anfängen bis in die Zeit um 1800 mit Beispielen aus der Sammlung der Abegg-Stiftung. Im Zentrum stehen die unterschiedlichen Techniken und Materialien. Der Überblick reicht von spätantiken Goldwirkereien über frühe Goldstoffe aus China und Zentralasien bis zu goldbroschierten Samten der Renaissance und Metallfadengeweben des 18. Jahrhunderts.

168 S., 91 Abb., brosch., 18 x 22,5 cm, 2022, ISBN 978 -3-905014-77-8

CHF 40.00

Dieter Kuhn

An Epic of Technical Supremacy
Works and Words of Medieval Chinese Textile Technology

In this book, Dieter Kuhn presents a reassessment of Chinese textile technology on the basis of many decades of research. Connecting works with words, the concrete with the abstract, this book aims to shed light on the subject, by bringing together philological knowledge derived from a wide range of textual sources and connecting it with the specific terms used to refer to manual labour in textile production. Chinese textual and pictorial sources, supplemented by archaeological materials, provide the foundation for a new description and interpretation of the tools, devices and machines – as well as the wide range of textile techniques – that were used to produce a great variety of textile products from silk and plant fibres.

488 p., 79 figs., cloth-bound with dust jacket, 18 × 26 cm, 2022, ISBN 978-3-905014-73-0

CHF 120.00

Michèle Grieder

Dressed for Immortality. An Inscribed Silk for the Han Nobility

This publication takes the readers on a journey to ancient China. It not only serves as a guide to the world of splendid silks, but also invites the readers to immerse themselves in early Chinese culture. During the Han dynasty silk weaving achieved a high standard. Some of the motifs represent a heavenly realm of immortality that the Han people hoped to reach, while embedded inscriptions literally give voice to a request for eternal bliss. The Abegg-Stiftung holds such an object that was once the upper part of a dress. Tailored from blue inscription silk, it bears a unique prayer for immortality.

Monographien der Abegg-Stiftung 22 | 124 p., 45 figs., paperback, 18 x 22,5 cm, 2022, ISBN 978-3-905014-76-1

CHF 25.00