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Uncut Waistcoat Fronts (France)

This is a Uncut waistcoat fronts. It is dated late 18th century and we acquired it in 1962. Its medium is silk and its technique is embroidered on satin weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.



This superb panel is embroidered à la disposition — the design is arranged on the silk in the form of half a waistcoat front, with button covers and corner pieces for the front and back of the lapels. A customer could purchase a waistcoat in this format and have a tailor cut and sew it to their measurements. Perhaps intended to celebrate the hunt, a bucolic scene with flowers and butterflies has two hunting hounds viciously attacking a wild boar.

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.

Its dimensions are

H x W (a): 74.3 × 55.6 cm (29 1/4 × 21 7/8 in.) H x W (b): 73.3 × 55.2 cm (28 7/8 × 21 3/4 in.)

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Uncut Waistcoat Fronts (France); silk; H x W (a): 74.3 × 55.6 cm (29 1/4 × 21 7/8 in.) H x W (b): 73.3 × 55.2 cm (28 7/8 × 21 3/4 in.); Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma Greenleaf; 1962-54-32-a,b

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

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