Unknownmid-18th century

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Shield-shaped purse, embroidered with gold metallic yarns and polychrome silks, trimmed with gold lace and lined with pink taffeta. On each side is a framed vignette with a border of gold embroidery and couched flat gold. On one side, a scene of a woman and two men picking fruit; on the other, a landscape with a coach and horses. The faces are painted.

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  • Title: Purse
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: mid-18th century
  • Provenance: ex. coll. George 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. New York, NY, Cooper Union Museum. The Greenleaf Collection: Textile arts from teh 16th to early 19th century, January 22 to May 9, 1964.
  • Dimensions: H x W: 11.1 x 10.2 cm (4 3/8 x 4 in.)
  • Bibliography: Cooper Union Museum, The Greenleaf Collection: Textile Arts from the 16th to early 19th century, p. 34 no. 702.
  • Type: Purse
  • Rights: Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma Greenleaf
  • Medium: Medium: silk and metallic thread embroidery, foil strips, coiled gilt wire, spangles on silk foundation Technique: embroidered in running, stem, satin, knotting, and couching stitches on plain weave foundation