Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object


silk, metal thread
Credit Line:
Gift of Bashford Dean, 1926
Accession Number:
Not on view
Working in tandem, curators and conservators combine theory and science to produce a more complete understanding of historical artifacts. Testing on this sixteenth century jerkin by Conservator Christine Paulocik has shown that all of the applied adornment - including the padding at the shoulders, silk tufts, and metallic bobbin lace - is original to the garment. Decorative buttons made of boxwood at center front give the illusion of a closure, when in reality the wearer would have required help getting dressed due to the laced closure located at the center back. The use of boxwood buttons turned on a lathe is consistent with technology and materials of the period. The loss of velvet pile is likely a result of an iron mordant used in the dying process.
Related Objects


Date: early 1620s Medium: silk Accession: 1989.196 On view in:Not on view


Date: second half 16th century Medium: silk, gilt thread Accession: 06.941 On view in:Not on view


Date: ca. 1580 Medium: silk, metallic thread, brass Accession: 1978.128 On view in:Not on view


Date: 16th century Medium: leather Accession: 29.158.481a, b On view in:Not on view


Artist: House of Dior (French, founded 1947) Date: spring/summer 1953 Medium: silk Accession: C.I.60.21.1a, b On view in:Gallery 962