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Pair of mules

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1750 - 1775 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Leather, wood, silk, silver-gilt, linen; hand-woven velvet, hand embroidered, hand stitched

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr S. Hart

  • Museum number:

    T.116&A-1921

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Women's high-heeled mules, commonly known as slippers, became increasingly popular for indoor wear and were even worn for dancing. These ones have a fairly high heel and a pointed toe. The velvet uppers are ornately decorated with metal thread.

Physical description

A pair of women's mules, with pointed toe and medium shaped heel. The uppers are made of tawny silk velvet, embroidered with silver thread and strip in a heart-shaped motif with scrolls. The heels are made of wood and covered with cream-coloured leather. The soles are made of brown leather, with a narrow rand of white leather between sole and upper. The insole is lined with white leather.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1750 - 1775 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Leather, wood, silk, silver-gilt, linen; hand-woven velvet, hand embroidered, hand stitched

Marks and inscriptions

DUCROS
[Shoe] l'aîné

Dimensions

[Shoe] Length: 20.5 cm toe to back of heel, Width: 7.2 cm widest part of sole, Height: 8.5 cm back of heel, Height: 9.0 cm overall
[Shoe] Length: 23.0 cm toe to back of heel, Width: 7.0 cm widest part of sole, Height: 8.5 cm back of heel and overall

Descriptive line

A pair of women's mules, 1750-75, French, tawny silk velvet, embroidered with silver thread and strip, heeled

Exhibition History

(Victoria & Albert Museum Gallery 40 Fashion 13/06/2015-31/01/2016)

Production Note

'Ducros' is stamped into the soles

Materials

Silk (textile); Wood; Leather; Silver thread

Techniques

Velvet weave; Hand weaving; Hand embroidery

Categories

Accessories; Fashion; Footwear; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection code

T&F

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