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Pair of shoes

Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    Calcutta (made)

  • Date:

    1946 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Auley Sheron & Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brocade

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Alexandra Jukes-Hughes

  • Museum number:

    T.43:1 to 2-2007

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Mules or slip shoes started as heelless slippers worn in Elizabethan times. Later they became associated with the boudoir, and are the precursors of bedroom slippers. The most extravagent examples were sometimes heavily jewelled or highly decorated.

These brocade mules were made for Mrs Joan Kemble Taylor, the wife of Alexander Taylor, who was a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Indian Navy and a tea planter in Assam. Mrs Taylor lived in India from 1932 to 1962. Significantly, the label in the shoe reads ''by appointment to H. E. The Right Hon. R. G. Casey (with crest) and H. E. Sir Frederick Burrows (with crest)...made by Auley Sheron & Co estd. 1827, 12 Free School Street". The Right Hon. R. G. Casey was the Australian High Commissioner, while Sir Frederick Burrows was the last Governor of Bengal, from February 1946 to 1947.

Physical description

Black and gold brocade, wedge-heeled, open-toed mules with cork and wood soles.

Place of Origin

Calcutta (made)

Date

1946 (made)

Artist/maker

Auley Sheron & Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Brocade

Marks and inscriptions

BY APPOINTMENT / TO / H. E. / The Right / Hon. / R. G. Casey / [crest] / H. E. / Sir / Frederick / Burrows / [crest] / Fit-FOOT / SHOE / THE / ACME / OF COMFORT / ESTD. 1827 / MADE BY / AULEY SHERON & CO / 12, FREE SCHOOL STREET
Label on inside sole of each shoe.

Dimensions

Length: 22 cm, Height: 8.8 cm, Height: 6.5 cm heel, Width: 7.2 cm

Object history note

These shoes were made for Mrs Joan Kemble Taylor, the wife of Alexander Taylor, Lt. Com. Royal Indian Navy and tea planter in Assam. She lived in India from 1932 to 1962. The label in the shoe reads ''by appointment to H. E. The Right Hon. R. G. Casey (with crest) and H. E. Sir Frederick Burrows (with crest)...made by Auley Sheron & Co estd. 1827, 12 Free School Street". Burrows was the last Governor of Bengal (February 1946 to 1947) and Casey, the Australian High Commissioner.

Descriptive line

Brocade wedge-heeled mules of gold and black, Auley Sheron & Co, 1946, Calcutta

Materials

Brocade

Categories

Fashion; Footwear

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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