Drawstring bag

mid to late 18th century

Object Place: France


Overall: 21 x 24.5 cm (8 1/4 x 9 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk plainweave (taffeta) embroidered with silk and metallic threads, metal purl, metal spangles, glass beads

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Rectangular drawstring bag. Two panels of white silk taffeta embroidered with polychrome silk, metallic thread, metal purl, metal pink and blue spangles, and black glass seed beads (for animals’ eyes). Design on both sides of two dogs at monument with heart and flowering vine on top, crook at base, flanked by two flowering bushes, two birds with wreath above, ribbon and floral swags at top; inscribed above the monument SEUL IL EN EST DIGNE (obv.) and JE ME CESSERAI DE LA MERITER (rev.). Embroidery stitches include: chain stitch, French knots, stem stitch, satin stitch, bullion knots. Gilt-galloon binding. White silk taffeta lining and ribbon drawstring.


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

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection