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Doublet

1670/1680

Palazzo Madama

Palazzo Madama

The fabric is embroidered with Savoy knots alternating with roses: symbols of the House of Savoy, they attest the provenance of the doublet from the ducal court of Turin. In the second half of the seventeenth century the city already possessed skilled embroiderers, yet, for important commissions, the Savoy family would select Parisian artisans. The artefact has been altered in the course of its history. A sartorial survey and analytical study have shown that, initially, the doublet had frontal lacing and the waist ended in pointed form. It didn't have the fabric plaits or the folded lappet-like ribbon tassels (galani), nor the epaulette-like shoulder flaps. These elements were added at a later date, using the breeches that would have accompanied the doublet as fabric to make the wide cuffs and ribbon tassels.

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  • Title: Doublet
  • Date Created: 1670/1680
  • Provenance: Acquisto 1892, inv. 1356/T
  • Type: Doublet
  • Medium: Silk satin with flat stitch, straight stitch and double back stitch embroidery, French knots and trimming applications.

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