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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1790-1795 (made)
    1870-1900 (altered)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, linen, glass; hand-woven, hand-embroidered, hand-sewn.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A man’s court coat of silk figured with light and dark blue, with a 2¼ -inch (6 cm) standing collar, 2-piece sleeves ending in cuffs. The fronts curve from neck to hem with pleats 1¾ inches (4.4 cm) deep, below the hip set beside the centre back. There are no pockets on the fronts, only shaped pocket flap; there is a welted pocket in each front lining. The centre-back seam is open below the hip. The coat and pocket flaps are lined with white silk taffeta, the sleeves and pockets with linen. The coat is appliquéd with white silk satin and net, and embroidered-to-shape with white silk floss and blue and opaque white pastes in a pattern of flowers and feathers, on the collar, cuffs and pocket flaps, around the front neck and pockets, along the fronts and centre-back opening. There are 10 embroidered buttons along the right front, 3 on each cuff, 3 below each pocket, 1 at the top of the pleats. There are 2 worked buttonholes on the left front for the 2nd and 3rd buttons from the top.

The coat was probably worn as theatre costume in the late 19th century. The pleats have been stitched down, the lining patched at the back neck and under the arms and the cuffs shortened.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1790-1795 (made)
1870-1900 (altered)



Materials and Techniques

Silk, linen, glass; hand-woven, hand-embroidered, hand-sewn.


Length: 103.5 cm top of right collar to hem approx, Circumference: 106.5 cm chest under armholes approx

Descriptive line

Man's court coat, 1790-95, French; Dark and light blue figured silk, embroidered blue pastes, altered 1870-1900


Silk (textile); Linen (material); Silk thread; Glass paste


Hand weaving; Hand embroidery; Hand sewing


Men's clothes; Court; Embroidery


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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