Pocketbook

sablé

French
1700–50


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Overall: 11.5 x 16.5 cm (4 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

43.2368

Medium or Technique

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

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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). Pastoral design on white ground: hunter with dogs, shepherddess with sheep, birds, flowering trees, fountain, church, inscribed TROP PARLER NUIT/QUI PRENT EST PRIS/IE NE PVIS RIEN (obv.); shepherd with dog and flock, wolf attacking sheep, flowering trees, small village, inscribed QVI S’EXPOSE AV PERIL VEVT BIEN TROVVER LA MORT (rev.); sun above (flap). Gilt-galloon binding. Salmon silk satin 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