Pocketbook

French
mid to late 18th century


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Overall (closed): 9.6 x 15.3 cm (3 3/4 x 6 in.)

Accession Number

53.422

Medium or Technique

Silk; plain weave, quilted with silk thread, embroidered with gold metallic thread, painted with tempera

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Green silk pocketbook. Front, back and interior surfaces quilted in small diamond pattern. Gold metallic thread embroidery in chain stitch makes motif and border. Front, back, and two interior panels each have motif of gardening trophies, with some details painted with tempera colors. Clasp of gold (?) on inside flap pocket is missing key. Lined in white silk. Metal thread on outside tarnished and broken, paints worn away. Gold and some paint on inside are in better condtion.

Provenance

Collection of Mrs. Charles B. Perkins of Boston; Gift to the MFA, April 9, 1953

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Charles B. Perkins