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Theatre costume

  • Place of origin:


  • Date:

    mid 18th century

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Stage coat worn in private court theatre performances at the Meleto Castle, Tuscany, ca. 1750. Brown and silver brocade long coat edged with silver braid, the front appliqued with black silk and silver strip embroidery simulating 'frogging'. The left front edge is turned back and faced with blue satin with silver metal strip embroidery. The sleeves are lined in blue satin.

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

Stage coat of brown and silver 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; Silk (textile); Silver strip; Silver braid; Satin


Embroidering; Applied work


Theatre and Performance Collection

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