Uncut Waistcoat

A work made of silk, plain weave; embroidered with silk in individual back, outline, running, satin, split and stem stitches; couching; laid work and french knots.
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  • A work made of silk, plain weave; embroidered with silk in individual back, outline, running, satin, split and stem stitches; couching; laid work and french knots.

Date:

1780/1790

Artist:

France

About this artwork

This length of white silk was designed to be cut into a man’s waistcoat. The embroidery delineates the cut of the garment, including pointed pocket flaps, and forms small red and blue circles, which were intended as button covers. Colorful floral sprigs, bouquets, and delicate landscapes encircled by leafy wreaths produce a lively yet elegant pattern. Fabric needs to be kept taut while it is embroidered, so it is stretched on a rectangular frame, and it is easier to do this before the fabric is cut into the pieces of the garment. the image below shows a finished waistcoat from approximately the same time period.

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Title

Uncut Waistcoat

Origin

France

Date

1780–1790

Medium

Silk, plain weave; embroidered with silk in individual back, outline, running, satin, split and stem stitches; couching; laid work and French knots

Dimensions

104.5 × 55.8 cm (41 1/8 × 22 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Mrs. John V. Farwell, III

Reference Number

1984.1008

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