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Casket and bottles

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1650-1675 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Satin embroidered in silk, trimmed with metal braid and lined with tafetta

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Commander and Mrs Osbert Leveson Gower

  • Museum number:

    T.263 to E-1978

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Wooden casket covered in white satin embroidered with coloured silks and silver and gilt thread, strip, coil and purl in long and short, satin, stem and detached buttonhole stitches, with laid and couched work over padding, bead and spangle decoration. Trimmed with metal braid. Lined with stamped tafetta.

On the lid is depicted Abraham, Ishmael and Hagar. On the back and both sides are female figures representing Faith, Hope and Charity. On the doors are two figures possibly representing King Charles I and Queen Maria. It contains two bottles with lids.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1650-1675 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Satin embroidered in silk, trimmed with metal braid and lined with tafetta


Length: 25.4 cm, Width: 20.3 cm, Height: 33 cm including foot

Object history note

Given to the V&A by Commander and Mrs Osbert Leveson Gower on 29th June 1978 (acquisition Registered File 78/1355). It was conserved by Karen Finch before its acquisition.

Descriptive line

Embroidered casket containing two bottles, England, 1650-1675


Satin; Silk; Silver


Embroidering; Couching


Textiles; Interiors; Household objects; Embroidery; Royalty; Containers; Woodwork


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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