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Pair of waistcoat shapes

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1780-1790 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    silk satin embroidered with silk thread

  • Museum number:

    878-1891

  • 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)

Date

1780-1790 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

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

Materials

Silk satin; Silk thread

Techniques

Hand embroidery

Subjects depicted

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

Categories

Textiles; Clothing; Embroidery; Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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