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Court suit

Date:
ca. 1810
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
Dimensions:
Length at CB (a): 45 in. (114.3 cm) Length at CB (b): 30 in. (76.2 cm) Length at CB (c): 27 in. (68.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Designated Purchase Fund, 1983
Accession Number:
2009.300.1001a–c
  • Description

    This three piece suit is exemplary of skilled French embroidery and the silhouette of men's court wear during the time of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821). Bonaparte revived the importance of court traditions when he crowned himself Emperor in 1804. This revival necessitated the recreation of acceptable court dress, which had been defunct since the elaborate and costly court of Louis XVI (1754-1793) prior to the French Revolution. The intricate embroidery pattern is intriguingly mimicked between the waistcoat and coat, reinforcing its status as a full suit.

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