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Black Evening Cape with Medici Collar Sortie de Bal

Jacques Doucetca. 1895

Kunstgewerbemuseum, National Museums in Berlin

Kunstgewerbemuseum, National Museums in Berlin

This elegant evening cape from deep black velvet is embroidered in rich contrast with gold-coloured metal sequins, black glass stones and gold filaments. The high “Medici collar” with ostrich feather trim flatters the face. Beneath this the circular-cut and densely gathered velvet falls from a flat shoulder yoke. The seam is concealed by a satin ribbon tied bows and rosettes that emphasizes the broad shoulder line typical of 1895. The embroidery has paisley motifs that ascend from a peripheral border climbing with japonaiserie leafed branch and floral motifs. The cape is fully lined in contrasting cream-coloured silk. Like Charles Frederick Worth and Pingat, Jacques Doucet (1853-1929) belonged to the first generation of large haute couture houses in Paris and was known for his rich, luxurious style.

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  • Title: Black Evening Cape with Medici Collar Sortie de Bal
  • Creator: Jacques Doucet
  • Date: ca. 1895
  • Rights: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Stephan Klonk │ Text © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Christine Waidenschlager
  • Proof of manufacture: Woven label, golden yellow on cream, in the neckline: Doucet, Paris
  • Place of origin: Paris, France
  • Length: Fl./bl. 67 cm
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-018417
  • Provenance: Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, 2003 Kamer/Ruf collection; 1999 Art market, Paris
  • Type: Cape
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/kunstgewerbemuseum/home.html
  • Medium: Black velveteen, black and cream coloured silk, black ostrich feathers, metal sequins, black and gold coloured glass beads, gold thread wound around a yellow core, satin weave silk ribbon

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