from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The ornamental front, usually movable, of the altar in a Christian church.


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  • Another piece of similar work is the altar-frontal of Steeple Aston, which was originally a cope, and the cope now at Stonyhurst College, originally belonging to Westminster Cathedral.

    Chats on Old Lace and Needlework

  • This decline in the embroiderer's art is specially noticeable in an extraordinary panel to be seen at South Kensington Museum, where an altar-frontal of stamped crimson velvet is appliqued in groups of figures in gold, silver, and silks.

    Chats on Old Lace and Needlework

  • A Venetian Point altar-frontal, 8 × 3 feet 350 0 0

    Chats on Old Lace and Needlework

  • "St. John Lateran" at Rome, at Pienza and Toleda, and a fragment of one with the famous altar-frontal at St.eple Aston.

    Chats on Old Lace and Needlework

  • A gold and silver altar-frontal was carried off by the French in 1809.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • He also presented the new church with an altar-frontal (tabula in fronte eminentioris altaris) of wood, covered with silver plates and many-coloured jewels.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • The incident which has touched him more than any other in the course of his ministry, he will tell you, is when a poor old woman on her death-bed confided to him a few shillings to be spent on providing an altar-frontal.

    The Silent Isle

  • The carved wooden panels, representing the sacrifice of Isaac on the one half and the offering of Melchisedech on the other, served instead of an embroidered altar-frontal.

    By What Authority?

  • The altar-frontal at Pistoja belongs to about the same period, and a little later comes the reliquary made by the brothers Arezzo, while during the whole of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries the enamellers were kept hard at work in Italy producing objects intended for Church work in two or three distinct processes, either that called champleve, or another method, that of floating transparent enamels, known by the name of bassetaille, or still another process called encrusting.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy


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