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  • Date:

    pre 1884 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk and metal brocade with silk embroidery

  • Credit Line:

    Cyril W Beaumont Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Pincushion covered with metal and silk brocade with a leaf pattern and flowers embroidered in coloured silks.


pre 1884 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Silk and metal brocade with silk embroidery


Width: 85 mm, Depth: 60 mm, Circumference: 130 mm at 'waist'

Object history note

The pincushion is part of a unique collection of memorabilia and personal effects which evoke Marie Taglioni in the last decades of her life. She was a keen needlewoman and the collection contains both examples of her own work and her personal sewing accessories. The pincusion was possibly made by Taglioni.
A collection of Taglioni memorabilia was amassed by Margaret Rolfe, the granddaughter of Taglioni's closest friend in London, Mrs Boggs Rolfe; she attended Taglioni's dancing classes and received many gifts of Taglioni memorabilia, from Taglioni herself, from her grandmother and, after Taglioni's death, from her niece, Marguerite Troubetzkoi. She kept these, with a series of related notes, in various boxes and annotated envelopes (filed separately). These she passed to Cyril Beaumont, probably for the London Archives of the Dance (a number of the objects were referred to in "The London Archives of the Dance and some of its Treasures" by Cyril Beaumont, Ballet Annual, first issue, Adam & Charles Black, London, 1947, p110); the Archives never achieved an independent home and part of the collection, including the Taglioni memorabilia, was stored with Cyril Beaumont, where it became inextricably mixed with his own collection and came to the Museum as part of the Cyril Beaumont Bequest.

Descriptive line

Pincushion used by the ballerina Marie Taglioni (1804-1884). Metal and silk brocade with silk embroidery.


Brocade; Ribbon; Silk thread


Hand stitching


Theatre and Performance Collection

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