Not currently on display at the V&A

Bag

1790-1800 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This bag shows the transition between hidden pockets and external reticule. Although embroidered for show and with drawstrings, the bag still resembles a pocket. Domestic embroidery and beadwork was less sophisticated that that produced by workshops, although by the standards of today beautifully accomplished.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silk, embroidered with silk thread, with string tassel and straps
Physical Description
Bag or pocket with drawstrings embroidered with flowers coming out of a Grecian or roman urn with parrot motif in the centre. Pink tassel and pink tassel string straps
Dimensions
  • Length: 24.0cm
  • Width: 18.0cm
  • Depth: 3.0cm
Gallery Label
ADORNMENT Whether crystal-encrusted or trimmed with exotic feathers, evening bags can finish an outfit like a piece of fine jewellery. Often small and sculptural, these accessories can be treasured objects in their own right, selected for their beauty rather than for functionality. They signify exclusivity and are able to complement a fashionable ensemble. Renowned jewellers such as Lacloche Frères, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Tiffany & Co. are among those who have made some of the most covetable and treasured vanity cases for evening wear, as well as handbags featuring precious and semi-precious stones and gold. V&A, Room 40, Bags: Inside Out. (12/2020)
Credit line
Given by Messrs Harrods Ltd.
Summary
This bag shows the transition between hidden pockets and external reticule. Although embroidered for show and with drawstrings, the bag still resembles a pocket. Domestic embroidery and beadwork was less sophisticated that that produced by workshops, although by the standards of today beautifully accomplished.
Collection
Accession Number
T.724C-1913

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record createdFebruary 25, 2003
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