Drawstring bag

sablé

French
about 1783


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Overall (size of panel): 10.2 x 6.3 cm (4 x 2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

43.2402

Medium or Technique

Glass beads strung on linen (sablé); silk netting and braided cords

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Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Small, round drawstring bag made up of four triangular panels. Polychrome opaque and translucent glass beads strung with linen thread, held together by interlocking looping stitches (sablé). Commemorates Montgolfier’s balloon ascent. Two scenes on white ground, each repeated twice: portrait of Jean Francois Pilâtre de Rozier; balloon ascension of 21 November 1783 in Paris. Silk netting and braided drawstrings with four beaded tassels. Pink silk taffeta lining. Good condition.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection