About this artwork
In the 18th century designs for textiles were often drawn by professionals trained in floral painting. Designs for waistcoats usually show the lower edge of the garment from the pocket to the hem, indicating to both embroiderer and client all of the motifs included in the pattern. Some drawings are inscribed with numbers. Such numbers helped the merchant and makers identify patterns and prices when a client selected a pattern.
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- Design for an Embroidered Waistcoat Pocket
- Lyon (Object made in), France (Object made in)
- Made 1780-1790
- Gouache, watercolor, ink, and graphite on paper
- (handwritten in lower left corner): "cera en lilas"
- 22.3 × 31.2 cm (8 3/4 × 12 1/4 in.)
- Restricted gift Mrs. John V. Farwell III