Miniature desk

French
17th–18th century


Dimensions

3.5 x 15.1 x 11.5 cm (1 3/8 x 5 15/16 x 4 1/2 in.)

Medium or Technique

Glass beads, Sablé beadwork

Not On View

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Strung glass beads (called sable) held together wth looping stitches, with metal ink well and sand box. Pink silk lining. White ground with scene of balloon of Messers. Charles and Robert landing (1 December 1783, Paris). Inscription on front side: “1783.MONSEIGNEUR IE SUIS A VOUS.” Good condition, touches of paint on faces.

Provenance

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection, to the MFA 1943

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection