On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 684

Dancing was an expected aristocratic accomplishment. Instruction was given at home by a visiting dance master, who played a small fiddle to provide music for the lessons. The compact, slender shape of these instruments made them easy to transport and gave them the name pochette, which suggests that they were carried in one's coat pocket. Elaborately decorated pochettes made of precious materials were often seen and collected as art objects in their own right.

Pochette, Wood, tortoise shell, silver, gut, German

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