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  • Pair of gloves, first half of 17th century
    English
    Leather; canvas worked with silk and metal thread; tent, Gobelin, detached buttonhole variations, and plaited braid stitches; metal bobbin lace; silk and metal ribbon; 13 1/4 x 8 in. (33.6 x 20.3 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1928 (28.210.1,.2)

    The wide wrist gauntlets of this pair of gloves are decorated with stitches and motifs also found on purses of the period. In addition, the gold and silver bobbin lace trim is also similar to that found on some embroidered jackets. The delicacy of the decoration on these gloves emphasizes the fact that they were intended as decorative accessories rather than practical gloves for protection from severe weather.

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  • Pair of gloves, first half of 17th century
    English
    Leather; canvas worked with silk and metal thread; tent, Gobelin, detached buttonhole variations, and plaited braid stitches; metal bobbin lace; silk and metal ribbon; 13 1/4 x 8 in. (33.6 x 20.3 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1928 (28.210.1,.2)

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    These gauntlets are embroidered with flowers of many varieties, represented in both naturalistic and fanciful colors. The floral motifs are worked in tent stitch with silk floss outlined with silver and gilded silver coils with additional petals and leaves of detached needle-lace attached over the motifs in tent stitch. The needle lace is made of filé with a combination of heavy and fine silk threads and strips of varying widths. The areas between the flowers are filled in an interlocking Gobelin stitch in silver filé.

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    The bright colors of the tent stitch motifs are reflected on the surface of the metal of the filé used in the detached lace elements. The many reflective surfaces created by the twisting and turning of the coils contribute to a vibrant, luminous effect. The linen warp and weft of the foundation fabric is visible where the silk floss has deteriorated.


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