Pocketbook

French
17th century


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Overall: 10.7 x 18 cm (4 3/16 x 7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

43.1109

Medium or Technique

Linen plainweave embroidered with silk and metallic threads

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Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Rectangular envelope style pocketbook. Linen plainweave completely embroidered with polychrome silk and gold and silver metallic threads. Front motif: pastoral scene of field with animals, trees, butterflies, birds, house in the distance on a hill; Flap: trees, bird, butterfly; Back: manor house with trees, fountain, fence, birds.

Ground of silver metallic threads, laid and couched. Design embroidered in satin stitch, overcast stitch. Silver metallic galloon binding. Small metal loop on front, originally part of closure. Salmon silk lining. Foundation of canvas over cardboard. Condition: worn and soiled.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection