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Closed Women's Shoes

Unknown1770 - 1780

Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

These delicate blunt toed shoes have a closed fore-section with a raised, tapered instep flap. Two delicate flowering branches in metal and sequin embroidery adorn the front leaf with a ribbon rosette above. All edges, lateral seams and the heel seam are trimmed in pink silk ribbon, and the narrow, tapered heel is covered in silk. This is the Italian heel about which Gentleman’s Magazine wrote in 1776: “Heels to bear the precious charge,/More diminutive than large,/Slight and brittle, apt to break,/Of the true Italian make” (Mackenzie 2004: 44).

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  • Title: Closed Women's Shoes
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1770 - 1780
  • 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
  • Physical Dimensions: h12 x d26 cm
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-018417
  • Provenance: Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, 2003 Kamer/Ruf collection, 1985 Portobello Market, London
  • Type: Shoes
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/kunstgewerbemuseum/home.html
  • Medium: Cream coloured silk, pink silk ribbon, metal embroidery: sequins, woven threads, lining: cream leather, white linen; outer sole: brown leather

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