Pocketbook

French
late 18th century


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Overall (closed): 10.7 x 17 cm (4 3/16 x 6 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

43.1113

Medium or Technique

Silk plainweave appliquéd and embroidered with silk, metallic threads, metal purl, metal spangles

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Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Rectangular double pocketbook. Silk plainweave, warp grayish blue, weft white. Embroidered with silver metallic threads, gold and silver metal purl, pink, blue and uncolored metal spangles, taupe silk thread. Four white silk medallions embroidered with polychrome silk with painted details, appliqued onto the blue silk ground with metal purl and spangles. Medallion designs: (exterior) three men and one woman at table drinking; man proposing to woman; (interior) piper and dancing couple; two women with flowers before statue of cupid. Embroidery stitches include: chain stitch, laid and couched, stem stitch, bullion knot. White silk lining. Four interior compartments, two flaps. Silver metallic thread binding.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection