Pocketbook

French
mid to late 18th century


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Overall (closed): 8.5 x 14.4 cm (3 3/8 x 5 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

56.1143

Medium or Technique

Silk; satin embroidered with silk, metallic threads, metal spangles, metal purl, enameled gilt lockplates, lock and key

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Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Small rectangular white satin pocketbook. Front, back and interior surfaces quilted in chain stitch to form small diamond pattern; outer border of sequins, undulating green line and straight gold line also embroidered in fine chain stitch. Inside, two pockets with flaps decorated with embroidered green swags in laid and couched stitching, and gold tassels in metal purl and chain stitch. One flap secured with enameled gilt lockplates and lock; tiny gilt key tied to plates with narrow magneta ribbon (deteriorating). Lined with light yellow-green silk taffeta (frayed and split in some areas).

Provenance

Collection of Mrs. Samuel Cabot of Jamaica Plain; Gift to the MFA, November 8, 1956

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Samuel Cabot