Man's Coat

Artist/maker unknown, French

Made in France, Europe

c. 1780-1800

Striped silk lampas weave with silk embroidery in satin, stem, straight, and rope stitches, French knots, and appliquéd silk net

Center Back Length: 45 1/4 inches (114.9 cm) Chest (Width): 42 1/2 inches (108.0 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Annual Membership Fund, 1915

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This extravagantly embroidered coat, originally part of a formal suit, represents a last flurry of late eighteenth-century gorgeousness that ran counter to the general trend toward simplicity in menswear. Against a fashionable striped silk, overblown tulips and other flowers gambol, edged by applied white net embroidered to imitate lace. The decoration, which enhances the shape of the pattern pieces, would have been drawn on the textile and then professionally embroidered before the garment was cut out and assembled.