s’Jacob’s Christening Veil

The 's Jacob's Christening veil, early 19th century. The 's Jacob's Christening veil, early 19th century. Courtesy Textile Research Centre, TRC 2014.0831.

S’Jacob’s christening veil is an embroidered net veil given to the Dutch family of s’Jacob in about 1821 by Princess Anna Paulowna (1795-1865), daughter of Tsar Paul I of Russia and wife of (the future) King Willem II (r: 1792-1849) of the Netherlands.

The veil is made from an hexagonal net and measures c. 125 x 120 cm. The embroidery is worked in a white cotton thread using running stitch and satin stitch. It is decorated with a stylised floral motif of plants along one edge. In the centre are small, scattered flowers, and along the three other edges is an applied border made up of leaves.

The veil was given to Maria Petronella s’Jacob-Rochussen (1792-1848), probably following the birth of her daughter, Jeanne Josein Antoinette s’Jacob (1821-1910) in Brussels. At the time, Maria Petronella’s husband, Frederik s’Jacob (1775-1831), was the Secretary of the Raad van State (‘Secretary to the Council of State’) and closely related to the Royal court. A direct descendant of the s’Jacob family, Mrs. V.P. Loeliger-Salomonson, wore the garment as a bridal veil at her own wedding to Emil Loeliger in 1954. In May 2014 the veil was given to the Textile Research Centre, Leiden, by Mrs. Loeliger-Salomonson.

TRC online catalogue (retrieved 4 June 2017).


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