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Salesman's Samples (France)

This is a Salesman's samples. It is dated late 18th century and we acquired it in 1962. Its medium is silk and its technique is embroidered. It is a part of the Textiles department.



A shady wooded path with a balustrade leads to a pair of crumbling towers in this sample for the bottom corner of a waistcoat. The small scene captures the French fascination with English freeform landscape gardening whose designs frequently incorporated recreations of ancient ruins to heighten the emotional and spiritual experience for visitors.

This object was bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf (American, 1887–1961). It is credited Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma Greenleaf.

  • Vessel, Metamorphism
  • lidded lithoplast vessel on stand, lithoplast vessel, wide chisel, brush and....
  • Courtesy of Shahar Livne.
  • NATURE.027

Its dimensions are

H x W (a): 17.1 x 26.7 cm (6 3/4 x 10 1/2 in.) H x W (b): 14.6 x 22.9 cm (5 3/4 x 9 in.)

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Salesman's Samples (France); silk; H x W (a): 17.1 x 26.7 cm (6 3/4 x 10 1/2 in.) H x W (b): 14.6 x 22.9 cm (5 3/4 x 9 in.); Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma Greenleaf; 1962-52-23-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Embroidered and Embellished.

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