Drawstring Bag

sablé

French
1783–1800


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Overall (without tassels): 10 x 13.2 cm (3 15/16 x 5 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

43.2395

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Small, round drawstring bag made of four wedge-shaped panels. Polychrome opaque and translucent glass beads strung with linen thread, held together by interlocking looping stitches (sablé). Two scenes on white ground, each repeated once: man’s portrait; flying device with two balloons and several sails. Ecru silk netting at top with braided silk drawstrings and four green beaded tassels. White silk taffeta lining. Good condition.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection