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Man's suit

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:

    106-1891

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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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)

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

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

Materials

Silver; Silk; Linen; Net; Glass paste

Techniques

Hand sewing; Hand embroidery; Hand weaving

Subjects depicted

Foliation (pattern); Stripes

Categories

Textiles; Clothing; Fashion

Production Type

Unique

Collection code

T&F

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