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Purse

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1700-1799 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, embroidered with coloured silks, with metal mount

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Miss Winifred Mary Bompas

  • Museum number:

    T.89-1935

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Domestic embroidery and beadwork was less sophisticated than that produced by workshops, although by the standards of today beautifully accomplished. The Lady's Magazine included patterns for pockets and purses from the 1770s, which could be attached to ready-made, top-closing metal frames, many of pinchbeck, an imitation gold, or other metals. One side of this purse has a figure in classical dress seated on a couch with a globe and dividers, the other has a figure holding a parrot.

Physical description

Embroidered frame purse with two flat shield-shaped sides. One side has a figure in classical dress seated on a couch with a globe and dividers, the other has a figure holding a parrot. The purse has a metal mount

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1700-1799 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk, embroidered with coloured silks, with metal mount

Materials

Silk; Silk thread; Metal

Categories

Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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