Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Trunk

Designer:
Pierre Yantorny (Italian, 1874–1936)
Date:
1914–19
Culture:
French
Medium:
wood, silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Capezio Inc., 1953
Accession Number:
C.I.53.76.26
Not on view

This collection of shoes (C.I.53.76.1a, b - .12a, b) along with their custom-made shoe trees and trunk, originally belonged to Rita de Acosta Lydig (1880–1929), a prominent New York socialite. Lydig commissioned several hundred pairs of shoes from Pietro Yantorny, who was a gifted shoemaker with an exclusive clientele. Lydig's extensive wardrobe included numerous garments trimmed with antique lace and her shoes were no exception. These examples, made of antique velvet, lace, damask, and embroidery, with their exaggerated Louis XV–style heels and pointed toes, rest in a bespoke trunk, lined with cream-colored velvet.

Victoria and Albert Museum. "Shoes: Pleasure and Pain," June 13, 2015–January 31, 2016.

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