Please complete the form to email this item.

Man's suit

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1785-1792 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk and linen, hand woven and hand sewn, machine made linen net, glass paste, silver

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Buttons embroidered with floss silk, glass paste and silver spangles (or sequins) form an integral part of the fine needlework on this 1790s man’s court coat. They act as ‘punctuation marks’ echoing the elements of the overall embroidered decoration. The striped brown silk of the coat has been appliquéd with undulating bands of pink silk, overlaid with an early machine net (made on a warp frame). Over this ground springs a pattern of leafy sprays worked in coloured silks, glass paste and spangles. Embroidery samples at the Musée Historique des Tissus, in Lyon, France show several similar patterns using a net overlay on dark striped silks.

Physical description

A man's court coat of striped brown silk, embroidered and appliquéd, lined with silk twill

Place of Origin

France (made)


1785-1792 (made)


Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Silk and linen, hand woven and hand sewn, machine made linen net, glass paste, silver

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hart, Avril and Susan North, Historical Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries, London: V&A Publications, 1998, p. 118


Silver; Silk; Linen; Net; Glass paste


Hand sewing; Hand weaving; Hand embroidery

Subjects depicted

Foliation (pattern); Stripes


Fashion; Clothing; Textiles; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type


Collection code


Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.