Woman's jacket by Unknown Artist

The jacket is made from fustian, a woven cloth of cotton and linen and is embroidered in silver thread and spangles.


Details

Medium:
Fustian
Dimensions:
Length 59 cm; bust 84 cm
Art Fund grant:
£15,000 ( Total: £30,000)
Acquired in:
2004
Vendor:
Sotheby's

The embroidery is worked in chain stitch outlining an almost abstract pattern of leaf and flower shapes which was highly unusual in the 17th century. Naturalist renditions of garden flowers, birds and animals were far more common. It was also unusual at this time to use precious metal embroidery on fustian, a rather hardwearing and utilitarian fabric.

Provenance

Said to have been presented by Charles II to Mary Grove; Chafyn Grove family; Troyte Bullock family; Sotheby's, 2004.

Venue details

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Cromwell Road, London London SW7 2RL 020 7942 2000 www.vam.ac.uk

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