The embroidered figure on these gloves is a lady in court dress complete with the fontanges, the hairstyle in vogue during the first decade of the eighteenth century. It is unusual to find a historical costume depicted on a fashionable accessory. It must have amused the lady who wore the gloves to compare the style of her grandmother’s day to the attire of her own time.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Fashion and History: A Dialogue," December 7, 1992–March 21, 1993.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Eighteenth-Century Woman," January 1, 1981–January 2, 1982.