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  • We acquired this object.




Waistcoat, Uncut (France), 1760–70

This is a Waistcoat, uncut. It is dated 1760–70 and we acquired it in 1962. Its medium is silk and its technique is embroidery using satin, stem, running and knot stitches on 7&1 satin weave foundation. It is a part of the Textiles department.

This uncut waistcoat with lush flowers and vegetation features a tranquil landscape with oxen and cows in pairs, with one standing, the other resting. They bear more than a passing resemblance to a series of engravings by Jean-Baptiste Pillement (French, 1728–1808), an artist and designer whose influential engravings helped spread chinoiserie throughout Europe. His romanticized landscapes influenced textile design and extended to embroidery as well.

This object was bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf (American, 1887–1961). It is credited Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma Greenleaf.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 92.6 × 55.2 cm (36 7/16 × 21 3/4 in.)

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Waistcoat, Uncut (France), 1760–70; silk; H x W: 92.6 × 55.2 cm (36 7/16 × 21 3/4 in.); Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma Greenleaf; 1962-54-30

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