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1650-1700 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Many tapestry-woven bags were made in France, some as marriage gifts. This example is woven in a Cupid and heart design. The quotation AQUILAURA, is French and in full reads c'est a qui l'laura (it is a question of who gets it first).


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silk, silver, gold; tapestry woven, hand-sewn
Brief Description
1620-50, French; tapestry woven silk, metal thread in cupid design, green silk fringe
Physical Description
Bag of tapestry woven brown silk floss, silver and silver-gilt filé in a design of two cupids shooting a arrow at a heart on each side, with the quotation ‘AQUILAURA’, or ‘c'est a qui l'aura’ (it is a question of who gets it first) woven, mirror-imaged, along the top edges. The bag is flat, two shallow, wide, half-oval shapes sewn at the side and lined with ivory silk taffeta. It is edged with a looped fringe of ⅛-inch ((2 mm) wide green silk ribbon and ⅛-inch ((2 mm) wide silver-gilt filé net. There are 2 drawstrings of flat braided silk and silver-gilt filé, each with a tassel of the green silk ribbon and silver-gilt net.
Dimensions
  • Height: 7.5cm (not including fringe)
  • Width: 12cm (not including fringe)
  • Fringe width: 2.5cm
Marks and Inscriptions
'AQUILAURA'
Summary
Many tapestry-woven bags were made in France, some as marriage gifts. This example is woven in a Cupid and heart design. The quotation AQUILAURA, is French and in full reads c'est a qui l'laura (it is a question of who gets it first).
Collection
Accession Number
557-1893

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record createdFebruary 25, 2003
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