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Pair of Shoes

1825-1849 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The elegant flat satin lady's slipper first became popular in England and France during the last decade of the eighteenth century. Its plain design was part of the movement in fashion away from what were considered by some to be the extravagant excesses of the late eighteenth century. The move was towards a simpler, purer style of dress and footwear that was influenced by designs from classical antiquity.

Slippers or 'sandal shoes', continued to be worn well into the mid-century although by the 1850s they were used mainly for formal wear in black or white. This pair of shoes is a typical example of that style. The thin leather sole and delicately hand-stitched satin uppers were relatively simple and cheap to produce. They could then be customised either by the retailer or the owner with rosettes, ankle ties or other decorative embellishments. A handwritten paper label stuck to the insole of one of the shoes tells us that it was produced by the French manufacturer Paul Hase, but sold in London at 41 Burlington Arcade.


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Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Shoe
  • Shoe
Materials and Techniques
Satin, with silk ribbon, cotton and leather sewn with cotton thread
Brief Description
Pair of woman's shoes, white satin, blue satin bow; Hase, Paul; French 1825-1849
Physical Description
Pair of shoes, white satin upper with blue satin bow; square toe and curved throat, pair of folded side seams, edges bound with white silk ribbon, small white satin bow and short white cord ties at throat, large blue satin bow has been stitched at throat over the top of these; cream leather insole and sock, cream cotton lining; silk ribbon ties, frayed at ends, possibly once a single loop, attached to insides of each shoe close to seams; brown leather sole
Dimensions
  • Each shoe length: 26cm
  • Each shoe width: 7cm
  • Each shoe height: 6cm
Marks and Inscriptions
Oval paper label, hand-written stuck to insole of 1153-1901, '41 / Burlington Arcade / LONDON / PAUL HASE / Depot de Souliers / de sa Fabrique / de Paris / 230, rue Saint-Martin'
Summary
The elegant flat satin lady's slipper first became popular in England and France during the last decade of the eighteenth century. Its plain design was part of the movement in fashion away from what were considered by some to be the extravagant excesses of the late eighteenth century. The move was towards a simpler, purer style of dress and footwear that was influenced by designs from classical antiquity.



Slippers or 'sandal shoes', continued to be worn well into the mid-century although by the 1850s they were used mainly for formal wear in black or white. This pair of shoes is a typical example of that style. The thin leather sole and delicately hand-stitched satin uppers were relatively simple and cheap to produce. They could then be customised either by the retailer or the owner with rosettes, ankle ties or other decorative embellishments. A handwritten paper label stuck to the insole of one of the shoes tells us that it was produced by the French manufacturer Paul Hase, but sold in London at 41 Burlington Arcade.
Collection
Accession Number
1153&A-1901

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record createdOctober 29, 2008
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