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The Chasuable of a Priest
(Die Kasel des Pfarrers Butz), by Karen Stolleis
|The casuable in the catholic
church of Eltville in Rheingau bears the inscription:
Johannes Butz 1888. Buth was born in Eltville in
1848 and became a priest in 1871. From 1886 to 1899 he
worked in Soden (Taunus). The church of Soden keeps all
his vestments except for the white embroidered chasuble
of his hometown.
It is not exactly known, where this vestment was embroidered, but as it seems it is the work of the embroideress Paulus who was active it in the two last centuries of the 19th c.
Several chasuble crosses of the Liebfrauenkirche in Frankfurt show similar stilistic characteristics. Very probable Johannes Butz saw them during his stay as a chaplain in Frankfurt and he used one of them as a model.
Josephine Paulus from Aachen showed
at the exhibition of vestments of 1907 in Aachen some
vestments, and it is also known that she embroidered
after models of the artist Hermann Krakforst of Aachen.
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