Drawstring bag

English
early 17th century


Object Place: England

Dimensions

Overall (without tassels and cord): 13 x 14 cm (5 1/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

38.1344

Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave embroidered with silk, gold metallic threads, seed pearls Braided silk and metallic cords and tassels

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Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Small square drawstring bag. Silk embroidery in tent stitch completely covers the natural colored linen substrate. The motif is stylized flowers (honeysuckles, pansies, etc.) in a half-drop repeat. The flowers are worked in soft colors on a dark green ground. Alternate rows of flowers are framed by lobed compartments worked with gold and silver metallic threads in relief. Metallic thread embroidery includes chain stitch, double chain stitch, braided stitch, knots.

Silk and metallic braided cords. Two wood-core drawstring pulls covered in braided silk and gold with seed pearls. Three tassels at bottom. The lining has been cut out, but scraps of blue silk lining remain.

Provenance

Carrie Lauer Lehman (d. 1937), New York; to her husband, Philip Lehman (b. 1861 - d. 1947), New York; 1938, gift of Philip Lehman to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 21, 1938)

Credit Line

Gift of Philip Lehman in memory of his wife Carrie L. Lehman