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The development of aniline dyes allowed leather to be dyed in strong tones, such as that of these radiant blue leather ankle boots. Their toe is pointed and flat. The cording on the instep is achieved with 13 pairs of eyelets overstitched by hand with green silk. A braid of blue silk is used as a tie. The heel, set far to the rear, is slightly recessed and also covered with blue leather. The insole is also leather, the lining from white glove leather and the outer sole brown leather.

Details

  • Title: Blue Women's Ankle Boots
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1860 - 1880
  • Stylistic point of origin: England
  • 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; 1998 Christie’s, London, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Physical Dimensions: h16 x d24 cm
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-018417
  • Type: Shoes
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/kunstgewerbemuseum/home.html
  • Medium: Blue leather; Ribbon ties: braided blue silk, conserved for the exhibition, green silk thread; lining: linen, twill ribbon; outer sole: brown leather

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