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Woman's Purse, chenille flower basket

ca. 1830
Origin: Europe, France
OH: 7 3/8"; OW: 6"
Silk twill, silk chenille, wire.
Gift of Anonymous Donors
Acc. No. 1971-1418
Drawstring purse of green silk twill embroidered with flat and raised motifs made of chenille threads with wire centers in a design depicting a basket of flowers. The bottom of the purse is latticed with chenille to look like a basket that widens at the top. Upper section of the purse tapers back in toward the top and is ornamented with large raised chenille flowers and leaves in pink, blue, gold, orange, rust, green, purple, and cream. Purse closes with a double silk cord drawstrings. The strings forming the handle terminate in a green tassel. Unlined
Provenance:Ex Coll: Mrs. DeWitt Clinton Cohen.