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Theatre costume

Theatre costume

  • Place of origin:


  • Date:

    mid 18th century

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

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



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


Brocade; Silver strip; Satin




Theatre and Performance Collection

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