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Salesman's Sample (France)

This is a Salesman's sample. We acquired it in 1962. Its medium is silk and its technique is satin and stem stitches with french knots on warp-float plain weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Shells with and without snails appeared frequently in waistcoat designs. The snail that falls outside the black appliquéd ribbon on this sample is perhaps a practice attempt as it has a slightly paler palette than the one next to the exquisitely executed parrot tulip.

This object was bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf (American, 1887–1961).

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Salesman's Sample (France); silk; 1962-52-22-a/c

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