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Pair of waistcoat shapes

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1780-1790 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    silk satin embroidered with silk thread

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Waistcoat panels embroidered in coloured silks in chain stitch on cream silk satin, design depicting gardeners pushing wheelbarrows filled with turnips and other gardening implements (barrels, ladders, watering cans, rakes), a bird perched on a post. Small floral sprigs over main body of waistcoat.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1780-1790 (made)



Materials and Techniques

silk satin embroidered with silk thread

Historical context note

This extraordinary length of embroidered silk documents three important aspects of 18th-century dress: the high quality of French needlework, the sequence of decorating and sewing up waistcoats and the efforts to which the British went to acquire desirable French fashions.

Descriptive line

embroidered satin, 1775-99,French


Silk satin; Silk thread


Hand embroidery

Subjects depicted

Gardening tools; Wheelbarrows; Turnip; Baskets; Ladders; Gardeners; Watering cans; Rakes; Barrels; Flowers


Textiles; Clothing; Embroidery; Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type



Textiles and Fashion Collection

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