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Purse

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1700-1730 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered silks, silver-gilt wire and strip on silk satin and watered silk

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs J. R. Lee

  • Museum number:

    T.46-1950

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The splendour of 18th-century purses, embroidered with silks and metal thread, is difficult to surpass. This little early 18th century pochette is made of white satin embroidered with polychrome silks, silver-gilt wire, silver-gilt strip and braid in satin stitch, couching and speckling with french knots. Two tasselled strings of silver-gilt thread are attached to the flap and a looped fringe of silver-gilt thread runs around the edges.

Physical description

Pochette of white satin embroidered with pink, red, yellow, brown, green, blue etc. in silks, silver-gilt wire, gilt strip and braid in satin stitch, couching and speckling with french knots. Lined with green watered silk. Two tasselled strings of silver-gilt thread attached to the flap and looped fringe of silver-gilt thread. Front: formal design of flowers on scrolling stems. Back: Shield of arms, bearing a horizontal bar and three crescents on a field sewn with stars surrounded by a floral border.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

1700-1730 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered silks, silver-gilt wire and strip on silk satin and watered silk

Descriptive line

White satin embroidred in polychrome silks, silver-gilt wire and strip.

Materials

Silver-gilt thread; Silk thread; Silk (textile)

Techniques

Satin weave

Categories

Accessories; Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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