Pair of woman's shoes

French (Paris)
about 1850–70

Object Place: Paris, France (possibly embroidered in Turkey)


22.5 x 7.1 x 9.8 cm (8 7/8 x 2 13/16 x 3 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk velvet embroidered with gilt-silver yarns and seed pearls, leather, and silk satin lining; leather sole

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Blue silk velvet upper with raised work embroidered with gilt-silver wires and seed pearls in stylized floral motif on vamp and quarters; gilt-silver galloon over blue binding; lapped side seams, white silk ties at back. Square toe. Blue velvet covered Louis heel with brown leather top piece. Leather sole. White silk insole and lining. Stamps on soles: “Droit” and “Gauche.”


1969, gift of Mrs. Perry T. Rathbone to the MFA. (Accession date: February 2, 1972.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Perry T. Rathbone