Small purse or bag

late 18th or early 19th century

Object Place: England


21.6 x 38.3 x 10.8 cm (8 1/2 x 15 1/16 x 4.25 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk with gold and silver couching ( Bibilia work ), metal bobbin lace, silk ribbon, metallic tassels, silk and linen linings

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ground: Small diamond mesh worked with brown silk. Design: a basket of flowers on each side of bag worked in a variety of open-work stitches in colored silks (faded pinks, yellows, green and blues.) Decoration made separately from ground to which it is tacked. Loose wreath of small flowers tacked to upper edge of purse. Tassel of tarnished teal on bottom of bag. Examples of this lace made by Lady Powerscourt about 1820 in Victoria and Albert Museum (T 126 to B 1926).

Credit Line

Gift of Philip Lehman in memory of his wife Carrie L. Lehman