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Pair of sleeves

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1700 - 1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, linen thread, silk thread, silver thread, silver strip, silver purl; hand-woven, hand-sewn and hand-embroidered

  • Museum number:

    346&A-1903

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A dressed statue of the Virgin Mary was a feature of Roman Catholic churches in France, until the Revolution. The clothing worn by these statues, known as an image robe, was frequently fashionable clothing altered to accommodate a wooden form. Sometimes, image robes were commissioned and specially made for a statue and this is one example. The style of these sleeves is not fashionable and the design of the embroidery is similar to those worked on altar frontals, see T.30-1912 and T.110-1912. The matching bodice to these sleeves were acquired by the V&A in 1899, 18-1899.

Physical description

The sleeves are made in two pieces of white silk satin, lined with textured silk. Each piece of the sleeve is embroidered with borders of diamond shapes and fleur-de-lys worked in silver thread, and flowers worked in coloured silk chenille threads, and silver thread, strip and purl. The sleeves are loose, curved and three-quarter length. The sleeve head is angled, with an eyelet in the corner. The sleeves were acquired in two pieces, but sewn together for display after acquisition.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1700 - 1750 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk, linen thread, silk thread, silver thread, silver strip, silver purl; hand-woven, hand-sewn and hand-embroidered

Object history note

Purchased from Monsieur Fulgence, 71 Rue de La Boëtie, Paris in 1903. Registered File number 83871/1903.

Descriptive line

Pair of sleeves for an image robe, 1700-1750, French; White silk satin embroidered with chenille and silver threads

Materials

Silk (textile); Silk thread; Linen thread; Silver thread; Silver strip; Purl

Techniques

Satin weave; Hand embroidery; Hand sewing

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

Embroidery; Clothing; Christianity; Sculpture

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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