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Waistcoat

A work made of front: silk, satin weave foundation, embroidered with silk thread in satin, steam and buttonhole stitches and french knots; embroidered fabric covered buttons; silk, twill weave lining; back: linen, plain weave.
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  • A work made of front: silk, satin weave foundation, embroidered with silk thread in satin, steam and buttonhole stitches and french knots; embroidered fabric covered buttons; silk, twill weave lining; back: linen, plain weave.

Date:

Embroidered 1780s; altered 1795–1805

Artist:

France, possibly Lyon

About this artwork

The buttons on this waistcoat are covered with small circles embroidered to match the pattern of the garment’s textile. The back is a plain, inexpensive linen fabric, as it would not be seen when worn under a jacket. The waistcoat has been shortened from its original shape. Such recycling attests to the value of the fabric itself.

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Title

Waistcoat

Places

France (Object made in), Europe (Object made in), Lyon (Object Possibly made in)

Dates

Made 1780-1789 , Revisions/ alterations 1795-1805

Medium

Front: Silk, satin weave foundation, embroidered with silk thread in satin, steam and buttonhole stitches and French knots; embroidered fabric covered buttons; silk, twill weave lining; back: linen, plain weave

Dimensions

66.3 × 66.7 cm (26 1/8 × 26 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Frank W. Gunsaulus to the Frances Kinsley Hutchinson Collection

Reference Number

1916.429

Extended information about this artwork

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