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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1780s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • 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)


1780s (made)



Materials and Techniques

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

Descriptive line

A man's formal coat and breeches, 1780s, French; Brown striped silk with pink silk and machine net overlay

court dress, 1780s, English; Brown striped silk

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


Silk; Linen; Net; Glass paste; Silver


Hand weaving; Hand embroidery; Hand sewing

Subjects depicted

Stripes; Foliation (pattern)


Fashion; Clothing; Textiles; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type



Textiles and Fashion Collection

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