Part of man's waistcoat - ROM2008_9915_1


Part of man's waistcoat

Medium:Silk satin embroidered in silk, silver gilt thread (purl, filé and frisé) and gilt spangles
Geography: England
Date: 1725 - 1750
94 x 49 cm
Object number: 912X14.4.A-B
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Lillian Massey Treble
Not on view

This sumptuous waistcoat was professionally embroidered and was intended to be worn for the most formal occasions. It was purchased already embroidered in the piece and taken to a tailor for making up. The flowers and leaves are realistically depicted in the naturalistic style of the period, indicating that they were either drawn from life or taken from botanical engravings. Most of the flowers were found in contemporary gardens. The elaborate border is profusely patterned with flowers in a naturalistic style showing anemones, tulips, iris, dogwood, quince, forget-me-nots, catchfly, pinks and carnations in satin stitch, long and short stitch, French knot, stem stitch and laid and couched work. The plants are accurately rendered with shading. The metal threads are used to emulate stamens and embellish petals. This is especially evident on the peonies and poppies.

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