Drawstring bag

English
1575–1650


Object Place: England

Dimensions

Overall (without ribbon): 13 x 13 cm (5 1/8 x 5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

43.1077

Medium or Technique

Linen; plain weave embroidered with silk, silver metallic threads, and metal purl; silk ribbons

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Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Small square drawstring bag. Linen canvas substrate completely covered in embroidery. Silver metallic thread in trellis stitch covers ground. Floral motifs in tent stitch with polychrome silk threads. Metal purl in bullion knots. Two different Baroque floral motifs on each side. Inscribed at borders: THIS PURS TO THEE HR WITH RICHES WISHETH I MIGHT BE LIKE FORTUN (Obverse) WHOSE PROPERTI AS FAME HATH TOULD WAS OF IT SURE TO FIL WITH GOLD (Reverse). Gray silk ribbon stitched in swags across top. Cord missing, some areas of loss.

Provenance

Elizabeth Day McCormick collection; Gift to the MFA, October 14, 1943

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection