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Waistcoat Panel (France), 1785–95

This is a Waistcoat panel. It is dated 1785–95 and we acquired it in 1962. Its medium is silk embroidery on silk foundation and its technique is embroidered in satin, stem and knot stitches in 14 colors of silk, appliqué of rose silk plain weave, silk chenille (4 shades) and silk cord couched onto silk plain weave foundation. It is a part of the Textiles department.

This engaging waistcoat panel would have made a wonderful conversation piece. The generous use of chenille thread creates a soft mossy environment for several beetles, a salamander, a snail, and butterflies. Shells acts as vases for lively floral sprigs.

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: 63.5 x 27.6 cm (25 x 10 7/8 in.)

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Waistcoat Panel (France), 1785–95; Previously owned by George Saville Seligman ; silk embroidery on silk foundation; H x W: 63.5 x 27.6 cm (25 x 10 7/8 in.); Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma Greenleaf; 1962-54-44

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

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