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Pouch (Forel)

Date:
14th century
Culture:
French
Medium:
Silk and metal thread on canvas.
Dimensions:
Overall: 8 3/4 x 8in. (22.2 x 20.3cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
46.156.34a–e
Not on view
This embroidery illustrates either a popular story or a courtly pastime. A lady and gentleman stand beneath a tree; she cradles a small dog under her arm and he offers her a flower or ring. This scene is commonly represented on fourteenth-century ivory mirror backs. The bag may have been made by a professional embroiderer or by the woman who carried it, inasmuch as skill in fine needlework was considered essential for ladies.
[ Giorgio Sangiorgi, Rome]; [ Adolph Loewi, Inc., Los Angeles (sold 1946)]
Symonds Antrobus, Mary, and Louisa Preece. Needlework Through the Ages: A Short Survey of Its Development in Decorative Art, with Particular Regard to Its Inspirational Relationship with Other Methods of Craftsmanship . London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1928. fig. 2, pl. XXXI.

Husband, Timothy B., and Jane Hayward, ed. The Secular Spirit: Life and Art at the End of the Middle Ages. New York: Dutton Publishing, 1975. no. 88b, pp. 80-81.

Blanc, Monique. "L'Argent, le Pouvoir, l'Apparat: le Sac de Presige au Moyen Âge." In Le Cas du Sac: Histoires d'une Utopie Portrative, edited by Musée de la Mode et du Textile and Hermès. Paris: Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs, 2004. p. 214.



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