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Purse with Two Figures under a Tree

14th century
Embroidery in silk & metal thread on canvas
Overall (with tassels): 11 3/4 × 6 3/4 in. (29.8 × 17.1 cm) Purse only: 8 × 6 3/4 in. (20.3 × 17.1 cm) Storage (Box): 16 × 12 in. (40.6 × 30.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Edward S. Harkness, 1927
Accession Number:
Not on view
Frédéric Engel-Gros, Switzerland; Edward S. Harkness
Lefébure, Ernest. Broderie et Dentelles. Bibliothèque de l'Enseignement des Beaux-arts. Paris: A. Picard & Kaan, 1904.

Catalogue des Étoffes Anciennes, Coptes Orientales & Européennes, Chaussures: Composant la Collection Engel-Gros et Dont la Vente Aura Lieu à Paris. Paris: Hôtel Drouot, December 6, 1922. no. 88.

Ganz, Paul. L'oeuvre d'un amateur d'art, la collection de Monsieur F. Engel-Gros: Catalogue raisonné, avec la collaboration de MM. Raymond Koechlin, Gaston Migeon, Albert Baur. Genève: Éditions d'art Boissonnas, 1925. no. 108, p. 311, 328, fig. 118a.

Seligman, G. S., Talbot Hughes, and Country Life. Domestic Needlework: Its Origins and Customs throughout the Centuries. London, 1926. fig. XI.

Morris, Frances. "A Gift of Embroideries." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, o.s., 27, no. 7 (July 1927). p. 185, 189.

Wentzel, Hans. "Almosentasche." Reallexikon zur Deutschen Kunstgeschichte 1 (1937). pp. 393-401.

Einhorn, Jürgen. "Spiritalis Unicornis: das Einhorn als Bedeutungsträger in Literatur und Kunst des Mittelalters." PhD diss., W. Fink, 1976. p. 457.

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