Chasuble, Stole, Maniple (1) & Bourse (2), made for the Bishop of Macao (3)
Mid 19th century
(1) It is an embroidered band of silk or similar fabric that when worn hangs from the left arm
(2) Chalice cover and cover for a Holy Text.
(3) Made for D. Jeronimo José da Mata (Arnóia, Sertã, December 18, 1804 - Campo Maior, March 5, 1865)
who was Bishop of the Diocese of Macao from 1845 to 1862. After receiving minor orders at the Seminary of Cernache do Bonjardim, he traveled to Macao where he completed his theological studies.
He was ordained a priest in 1829. He taught at the Seminary of St. Joseph in Macao. He published in Lisbon in 1837 a monograph designed to recruit personnel for missions in Asia.
he was appointed bishop-coadjutor of Macao, with the title of bishop of Altobosco. D. Jeronimo José played a fundamental role in the reconstruction of the Cathedral of Macao that he himself consecrated on February 14,
1850 and in the expansion of the Recollection of Santa Rosa de Lima. He also reorganized the Seminary of St. Joseph. At the request of the government of the Kingdom of Portugal and Christian communities of the Portuguese Padroado in the
Far East, he visited several Eastern cities that were without bishop and ordained several priests there. As diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Portugal were cut off at that time,
the action of Dom Jeronimo Jose earned him a papal admonition.
Mid-nineteenth century, black satin embroidered silk in a bright polychrome of peonies and chrysanthemums. On the front are embroidered the ecclesiastical weapons of a prelate of his holiness, the violet cords with six tassels fall on either side of a Sacred Heart. Matching stole, Maniple and Bourse.
Provenance: Paul Couturier Collection (1881 - 1953), a priest from Lyons, a promoter of Sacred Art and the Unity of Christians