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apparel fragment

Date: 1700 - 1769
Country: France
Continent: Europe
Technique: embroidery, weaving
Material: metal, metallic-wrapped yarn, silk on silk
Dimensions: 7 x 16 in. (17 x 39 cm)
Credit: Gift of Mr. John & Dr. Ruth C. Morrissey
Accession Number: 1994.14.011


Comments: Trapezoidal fragment of brocaded silk containing elaborate metal embroidery.  Fragment measures 13.75' and 15.5' at top and bottom respectively, and 6.325 and 6.75' at left and right edges respectively.  Silk has an off white ground depicting white twisting ribbons and floral vines in red, white, anc varying shades of pink, blue and green.  Gold and silver metal embroidery also depict twisting ribbons and flowers, and further embellished centers and leaves of some brocaded flowers.  Embroidered ribbon winds around outside edges beginning 3.5' in from bottom left corner and ends 3.5' in from bottom right corner.  Two other strands of embroidered ribbon run vertically from the beginning and termination points of the first strand to the lower edge of the portion of the first ribbon which runs along the top edge of the fragment.  Some satin stitching has been accomplished in blue and green silk yarns in order to patch loss areas in the brocaded flowers.  The brocade has also been undergirded with a coarse, plain weave silk to support the metal embroidery couched to the fragments surface.

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This object has the following bibliographic references:
  • Charles Germain de Saint Aubin. Art of the Embroiderer. Los Angeles Country Museum of Art/David R. Godine. Los Angeles/Boston , 1983.

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