Pocketbook

sablé

French
about 1715


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Overall: 10 x 16 x 1.5 cm (3 15/16 x 6 5/16 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

43.2343

Medium or Technique

Glass beads strung on linen (sablé); woven silk and metallic binding

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Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Rectangular envelope style pocketbook. Polychrome opaque and translucent glass beads strung with linen thread, held together by interlocking looping stitches (sablé). Design on white ground: woman playing table organ, woman seated, boy and girl flanking, urn with flowers right, two insects and curtain above (obv.); sun and phoenix of Louis XIV, ribbon above inscribed IE VIS SANS MOURIR, inscribed at bottom and right SI IE MEURS CE NEST QUE POVR REVIVRE (rev.); vegetative scene (flap). Gilt-galloon binding. Salmon figured silk lining and side panels. Cardboard foundation.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection