Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Gauntlets

Date:
1690–1710
Culture:
British
Medium:
leather, silk, metal
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Museum Expedition 1921, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
2009.300.2679a, b
Not on view
Expensive and ornate, men's gloves form this period were signifiers of wealth and status and, as such, were often given as presentation objects. The multiplicity of expensive materials used here - metallics upon metallics, laces and velvets- and the use of colors - royal blue suede, burgundy velvet and the gold and silver - exemplify the opulence that was part of British protocol when England was a preeminent force on the world stage.
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