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Picture hat

Madame Alphonsine (French)

Date:
ca. 1910
Culture:
French
Medium:
straw, silk
Dimensions:
7 x 21 in. (17.8 x 53.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Frederick H. Prince, Jr., 1967
Accession Number:
2009.300.2105
  • Description

    This masterpiece of millinery art is a prime example of the voluminous and elaborately decorated hats produced around 1910. Attesting to Its supreme quality is the location of its maker on the rue de la Paix , the premier shopping street in Paris, on the same block as the top couturiers of the day, Paquin, Worth and Doucet. The hat is artfully decorated in pleasing tones of pink and blue, with the flowers arranged progressively from closed buds at the left to full-blown blossom at the right. The ribbon is masterfully folded and draped in the manner of meandering ribbon designs found on 18th century textiles.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Marking: Label: "Alphonsine/15. Rue de la Paix/Paris"

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