Pair of gloves


Not on view

“Some carry in their hands feather fans, others nothing; but all wear very costly gloves,” noted an Italian visitor to London in summer 1618. Indeed, by the early seventeenth century, small goods could be purchased from shops or peddlers, making objects such as readymade gloves, purses, ribbons, caps, and trimmings available to consumers. “This fashion of gloves is so universal,” the visitor continued, “that even the porters wear them very ostentatiously.”

These tapestry-woven, light colored gloves, which showcase an arrangement of popular flowers—carnations, roses, harebells, pansies, and strawberry plants—were likely purchased from a shop, rather than designed for an individual. Although readymade, the gloves were still a luxury; this pair comprises pink, green, citron, and blue silks joined with salmon-colored silk ribbon, lined in taffeta, and edged with metallic bobbin lace and paillettes. They may originally have been perfumed, as well.

-Sarah Bochicchio, 2020

Pair of gloves, Leather, silk and metal thread, British

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.