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Swaddling Band

1700-1750 (made)
Place Of Origin

Swaddling band made up of two thicknesses of white linen, seamed together at the sides with overcast stitching in white thread. The band is hand embroidered with an elaborate repeating pattern of stylized flowers and foliage, worked in white thread and using a variety of stitches including stem stitch, interlacing stitch, bullion knots, eyelet stitch and wave stitch filling. The embroidery indicates that this is an outer swaddling band, for use as the top layer; one end is straight and the other rounded, the latter being likely to be the outer end.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Hand embroidered linen
Brief Description
Swaddling band of embroidered linen; probably French, 1700-1750
Physical Description
Swaddling band made up of two thicknesses of white linen, seamed together at the sides with overcast stitching in white thread. The band is hand embroidered with an elaborate repeating pattern of stylized flowers and foliage, worked in white thread and using a variety of stitches including stem stitch, interlacing stitch, bullion knots, eyelet stitch and wave stitch filling. The embroidery indicates that this is an outer swaddling band, for use as the top layer; one end is straight and the other rounded, the latter being likely to be the outer end.
Dimensions
  • Length: 340.5cm
  • Maximum width: 12.5cm
The width of the band varies slightly throughout
Object history
See Attribution note
Production
Accompanied by a hand written note which reads: "Given to Caroline Mott by Augusta Maturin Jan 17th 1876. This swathing band was worked by the Ladies of the French Court for the Dauphin, & was bought of a Lady who [word 'had' struck out] was maid of honour to the Electress of Hesse Cassel".
Subject depicted
Bibliographic Reference
Christie's Sale catalogue: Fine Needlework, Costume & Textiles, Tuesday 3rd July 2001, Lot 23
Collection
Accession Number
B.13-2001

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record createdOctober 19, 2001
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