Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Slippers

Date:
1850–75
Culture:
American
Medium:
leather
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Arthur Turnbull Hill, 1932
Accession Number:
2009.300.3007a, b
Not on view
While many house and bedroom slippers of the mid-19th century are at least in part homemade, there were common manufactured types as well. This pair of boy's bedroom slippers is a miniature version of one of the standard men's types. It features an attractive cutout border at the throat in contrasting color and texture of leather, which is nicely set off with white topstitching. The cut of these slippers, with the front and back in separate pieces curving down to the sole at the center, is called "d'Orsay" after Alfred Guillaume Gabriel, Count d'Orsay (1801–1852), a French amateur artist and dandy, who popularized the style.
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