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Three-piece Men's Suit - Habit à la Française

Unknownca. 1765

Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Berlin, Germany

Silk fabric with a small repeating pattern, or so-called droguet, was a popular material for elegant suits in the 1760’s because its pattern need not be considered when tailoring the various suit parts. This droguet finds curved white leaves appear upon a salmon-coloured ground in diamond-shaped patterns that contain small blue flowers.The coat has a short, upright collar, tails cut slightly back and long, moderately wide sleeves with tight fitting cuffs. The collarless waistcoat, relatively long and with long sleeves, is made entirely from the outer fabric. The knee britches have slit closures and are fastened below the knee with four buttons and a buckle. A set of 24 buttons, elaborately covered with silver flattened wire, serves as the sole decoration on the jacket. Each of the buttonholes are overlocked with the finest of stitches and barely contrast with the pattern.

Details

  • Title: Three-piece Men's Suit - Habit à la Française
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: ca. 1765
  • Stylistic point of origin: France
  • Rights: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Stephan Klonk │ Text © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Christine Waidenschlager
  • Provenance: 2003 Kamer/Ruf collection; 1999 Art trade, Paris, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Length: Coat: fl./bl. 104 cm, waistcoat: fl./bl. 76 cm, breeches: fl./bl. 59 cm
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-018417
  • Type: Suit
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/kunstgewerbemuseum/home.html
  • Medium: Salmon pink silk, lancé pattern in cream, black, light blue; buttons: wood, smooth and embossed flattened silver wire, flattened wire wrapped around frisé silk; lining: cream coloured plain weave silk

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