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Apron, cream with metallic needlework

1730-1740
Origin: England
OW: 39 1/2"; OH: 19"
Ribbed silk with couched gilt metallic needlework.
Gift of Anonymous Donors
Acc. No. 1971-1539
Apron of ivory ribbed silk taffeta with an elaborately couched and embroidered pattern of stylized pomegranates or seed pods, carnations, buds, and fanciful scrolling leaves within an outer border of curving lines and leaves that follow the scalloped outlines of the apron. The decoration is executed in metallic threads and paillettes (sequins). The waist is pleated onto a ribbon waistband.
Label:Some aprons were fashionable, not functional. Short silk aprons with elaborate silk and metallic needlework were especially stylish in the 1730s and early 1740s. This professionally embroidered apron has shiny gilt embroidery and sequins, sometimes called "paillettes."

Provenance:Ex Coll. Mrs. D. C Cohen. A tag from the apron reads, "Mar 12, 46/ Mrs. DeWitt C. Cohen/ Gold embroidered white silk Queen Ann apron--Very stunning." An old exhibit label in file reads: "APRON EMBROIDERED IN METAL THREAD/ ENGLISH, EARLY XVIII CENTURY/ Lent by Mrs. De Witt Clinton Cohen, 1935/ L. 3235.3"