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Waistcoat Front Panel

A work made of cotton, plain weave foundation; embroidered with linen thread in buttonhole, herringbone, satin, overcast and feather stitches; french knots; geometric fillings, coral stitch openwork ground; buttons covered with tailor's buttonhole stitch.
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  • A work made of cotton, plain weave foundation; embroidered with linen thread in buttonhole, herringbone, satin, overcast and feather stitches; french knots; geometric fillings, coral stitch openwork ground; buttons covered with tailor's buttonhole stitch.

Date:

1720-40

Artist:

England or Germany

About this artwork

White-on-white embroidery relies on variation in texture and translucence to reveal its pattern. Accordingly, the designer and embroiderer must choose their materials and stitches very carefully to achieve a legible and attractive design. Such so-called whitework may have originated in East Asia and been introduced to Europe through trade with the Indian subcontinent.

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Title

Waistcoat Front Panel

Origin

England

Date

Made 1720–1740

Medium

Cotton, plain weave foundation; embroidered with linen thread in buttonhole, herringbone, satin, overcast and feather stitches; French knots; geometric fillings, coral stitch openwork ground; buttons covered with tailor's buttonhole stitch

Dimensions

88.3 × 41.7 cm (34 3/4 × 16 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Emily Crane Chadbourne

Reference Number

1926.133

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