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Theatre costume

Theatre costume

  • Place of origin:

    Italy

  • Date:

    mid 18th century

  • Museum number:

    S.798A-1982

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Skirt from a two piece dress worn in private court performances at the Meleto Castle, Tuscany, ca. 1750. Full length full tie-on skirt, fastening by tapes at front, in cream and silver tinsel brocade; front edgings 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

Skirt 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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