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Theatre costume

Theatre costume

  • Place of origin:


  • Date:

    mid 18th century

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Theatre costume worn in private court performances at the Meleto Castle, Tuscany, ca. 1750. Pale salmon gold tinsel brocade long waistcoat, fastening at back with short sleeves. The front trimmed with horizontal strips of broad silver braid.

Place of Origin



mid 18th century


Length: 94 cm Longest point, shoulder to hem, Width: 60 cm widest point, across shoulder

Object history note

This costume comes from Meleto Castle in Tuscany, where there is a private theatre, which was opened in 1741. It is a very early example of a costume made specially for the stage and, although probably used in productions of plays, it was also undoubtedly used for masques and other entertainments which included dancing.

Sarah Woodcock & Philip Dyer, 1981.

Textiles Department of the V&A have confirmed that both fabric and embroidery cannot de dated more precisely that mid 18th century

Descriptive line

Theatre costume of pale salmon gold tinsel brocade worn in private court performances at the Meleto Castle, Tuscany, ca. 1750

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Inaugural Conference for the Ricasoli Collection
Patrons, Politics, Music and Art in Italy, 1738-1859.
University of Louisville, March 14-18, 1989


Brocade; Silver braid


Theatre and Performance Collection

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