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Theatre costume

Theatre costume

  • Place of origin:


  • Date:

    mid 18th century

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Bodice from a two piece dress worn in private court theatre performances at the Meleto Castle, Tuscany, ca. 1750. Bodice low cut with short pleated puffed sleeves into cuff. The lower edge of the bodice cut into rough lappets. In bright green satin embroidered with arabesques and stylized floral design in silver strip and silver thread.

Place of Origin



mid 18th century


Length: 51 cm Maximum, shoulder to hem, Width: 54 cm Maximum, across shoulder line

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 bright green satin embroidered with silver thread 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


Silver strip; Satin; Silver thread




Theatre and Performance Collection

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