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Waistcoat (France), 1780–95

This is a Waistcoat. It is dated 1780–95 and we acquired it in 1962. Its medium is silk and its technique is embroidered in satin, stem and knot stitches on 7&1 satin weave foundation. It is a part of the Textiles department.



An idyllic scene shows a young man resting on a mossy rock as he serenades a brightly plumed wild turkey with his flute. Pleasant and peaceful scenes that romanticized the lives of country dwellers abounded at the end of the 18th century and presaged the beginning of the Romantic Era in about 1800.

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.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 57.8 × 50.2 cm (22 3/4 × 19 3/4 in.)

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Waistcoat (France), 1780–95; silk; H x W: 57.8 × 50.2 cm (22 3/4 × 19 3/4 in.); Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma Greenleaf; 1962-54-45

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Embroidered and Embellished.

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