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Purse

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Beadwork embroidery

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Margaret Simeon

  • Museum number:

    T.168-1992

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Many workshops in early eighteenth century France produced small purses. The finest work was in beadwork, in particular the sable-worked, drawstring purses and wallets of the mid-eighteenth century, so finely beaded they resembled grains of sand. They were made in specialist workshops in Paris using up to 1000 per square inch of extremely small and fine glass Bohemian and Venetian beads. This purse is inscribed IAME MON ESCLAVAGE and ICY EST MON SECRET, the monogram and motto of Marie Antoinette. The purse may have been associated with her or her court circle.

Physical description

Finely beaded and embroidered purse with the inscription 'IAME MON ESCLAVAGE' and 'ICY EST MON SECRET' and various flower designs.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Beadwork embroidery

Marks and inscriptions

'IAME MON ESCLAVAGE'
the monogram and motto of Marie Antoinette

'ICY EST MON SECRET'
the monogram and motto of Marie Antoinette

Object history note

Registered File number 1992/1020.

Descriptive line

Purse of beadwork embroidery, France, 18th century

Materials

Beads

Techniques

Beaded; Embroidered

Subjects depicted

Crests; Floral patterns

Categories

Accessories; Textiles; Clothing; Embroidery; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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