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Theatre costume

  • Place of origin:

    Italy

  • Date:

    mid 18th century

  • Museum number:

    S.804-1982

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Stage coat worn in private court theatre performances at the Meleto Castle, Tuscany, ca. 1750. Salmon pink and silver floral brocade skirted coat, the edge to edge front having applique front panels of black with silver strip embroidery simulating 'frogging'; the edges trimmed with silver metal fringe. The left front is turned back appliqued with black silk decoration in silver strip embroidery. The full sleeves end in half black silk simulated cuff edged with silver metal braid and bold silver braid edge; the other half and up the back seam to shoulder back slit edged with silver braid. Around hem and armholes trimmed with silver braid.

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

Stage coat of salmon pink and silver floral 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; Silk (textile); Silver strip; Silver braid; Fringe

Techniques

Embroidering; Applied work

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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