Pocketbook

French or English
1780–1800


Object Place: France or England

Dimensions

Overall (closed): 21.2 x 12.9 cm (8 3/8 x 5 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

43.1117

Medium or Technique

Silk plainweave (taffeta) embroidered with silk, painted and painted plaster details, silk and metallic thread trim

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Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Rectangular flat case. White silk taffeta embroidered with polychrome silk; painted details on silk and plaster. Designs: Flora with downturned cornucopia, flower basket, three putti in classical setting with vining floral motifs (obv.); Athena and Apollo seated, Eros above, floral swags and trees (rev.). Embroidery stitches include: stem stitch, satin stitch. No pockets, side panels or closure. Green/white silk and metallic thread woven binding; figured silver metallic galloon edging at hinge. Pale green silk satin lining. Cardboard foundation. Reverse panel has two layers of lining-covered cardboard inside, the top with a v-shaped notch.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection