Man's Embroidered Cap
Artist/maker unknown, French or Italian
Men's practice of covering their heads indoors became even more common during the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when fashionable men shaved their hair and wore wigs. Relaxing at home, a man might replace his coat with a loose gown and wear a cap like this gold embroidered one. It is constructed in a typical manner with four sections and a turned-up brim and the embroidery includes charming flowers, meandering arabesques, and flaming hearts.