Pocketbook: device of Louis XIV

sablé

French
about 1715


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Overall: 13.2 x 17.2 x 1.5 cm (5 3/16 x 6 3/4 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

43.2365

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). Obverse: pastoral scene with deer, dog, birds and rabbits. Reverse: phoenix rising from fire, two large flowers, insects, sun and inscription on banner above phoenix: “SI IE MEVR CE N’EST QVE POVR REVIVRE”; inscription across top: “IL SAIT GARDER VN SECRET IMPORTANT.” Flap: floral motif. Green silk taffeta lining and side panels.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection