Round box with cover (box)

French
1784–90


Dimensions

3.9 cm (1 9/16 in.); Legacy dimension: H: 3.9 cm; Diam: 11.5 cm

Medium or Technique

Glass, Silk; Glass beads on looped network (sablé)

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Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Round box with cover of strung glass beads (called sablé) held together with looping stitches. Blue silk interior, pink silk base. White ground with blue and red balloon on top, with four oars extending from basket. Figure in basket and figure in left foreground. Design of balloon is that of Pierre Blanchard, first ascent 2 March 1784 (Paris). Good condition, touches of paint.

Provenance

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection, to the MFA 1943
Theb Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection, to the MFA 1943

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection