The elaborately embroidered purses exhibited in this case probably correspond to the sweet bags" recorded in a number of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century inventories. The purses appear to have been worn around the person and to have carried scented herbs and essences to ward off the evil smells of daily life.
Percival D. Griffiths ; [ Frank Partridge, Inc. , 1929; sold to MMA ]
Artist: Attributed to Thomas How (British, active 1710–33)Date: ca. 1724–36Medium: Walnut and walnut veneer, parcel-gilt, the seat rails of beech; gilded lead mounts on the knees and front rail; verre églomisé panel mounted on the splat; covered in contemporary tent stitch embroidery on canvas needlework not original to the chairAccession: 64.101.936, .937On view in:Not on view