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Theatre costume

Theatre costume

  • Place of origin:

    Italy

  • Date:

    mid 18th century

  • Museum number:

    S.798-1982

  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

Physical description

Bodice from a two piece dress worn in private court theatre performances at the Meleto Castle, Tuscany, ca. 1750. Bodice in cream and silver tinsel brocade, front bodice edged with blue satin embroidered with silver strip. The short wide sleeves have deep turned back cuffs of blue satin embroidered with silver strip.

Place of Origin

Italy

Date

mid 18th century

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.

Descriptive line

Bodice of cream and silver tinsel brocade worn in private court theatre 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

Materials

Brocade; Silver strip; Satin

Techniques

Embroidering

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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