Unknownmid-18th century

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Small shield-shaped purse embroidered in colored silks and metal threads. On one side, a shepherdess and sheep, and on the other a shepherd with a dog, each embroidered in colored silks against a couched silver ground. Figures largely in knot stitch. Border of gold embroidery with spangles. Clasp of silver or steel, with spring.

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  • Title: Purse
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: mid-18th century
  • Provenance: Ex. Coll. of Georges Saville Seligman
  • Exhibitions: New York, NY, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Purses, Pouches, Pockets, December 6, 1988 to March 5, 1989. New York, NY, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. More Than Meets the Eye, November 15, 1977 to February 15, 1978.
  • Dimensions: H x W: 11.1 x 9.2 cm (4 3/8 x 3 5/8 in.)
  • Type: Purse
  • Rights: Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma Greenleaf
  • Medium: Medium: silk and metal thread embroidery with gilt spangles on silk foundation Technique: embroidered in stem, satin, knot and couching stitches with attached coils of gilt foil and gilt spangles on plain weave foundation