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Design for the Embroidery of the Lower Front Part of an Overskirt of the "Fabrique de St. Ruf"

Fabrique de Saint Ruf, Lyon, Franceca. 1785

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, United States

A frill is shown along the left hem. Ovoidal rings form a chain inside which is intertwined with a waved bough garland. One slope of the chain is directed into the wedge and surrounds the top of a tall plant rising from a bottom rosette. Flower garlands start from another rosette in the corner between two segments of the skirt. Plants with naturalistic and fantastic flowers are suggested in the remaining spaces. The lower one is entirely shown. It contains three feathery leaves added to two slips of paper which cover the original motif, an urn. Written bottom left: "po 1129 / S. R."

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