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Cape (image 4) | British | 1795-1800 | silk | Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Accession Number: 2009.300.3890

The extraordinary embroidery of this cape shows the delight of the British in the age-old tradition of representing nature in embroidery. The whimsy and pleasure expressed in the embroidery is evident

The extraordinary embroidery of this cape shows the delight of the British in the age-old tradition of representing nature in embroidery.  The whimsy and pleasure expressed in the embroidery is evident

This little embroidery detail makes me smile. Cape Date: Culture: British Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 35 in.

Detail of embroidery on French Coat circa late 18th century.

Detail embroidery, court coat, France, third quarter century (Not a fabulous time to be at court despite the gorgeous needlework) .

Detail petticoat, Italy, 1725-1760. Yellow silk satin, quilted, with silk and metallic-thread embroidery, Chinoisery design.

Detail petticoat, Italy, 1725-1760. Yellow silk satin, quilted, with silk and metallic-thread embroidery, Chinoisery design.

Detail fabric, bed gown and petticoat, France or England, fabric: 1750-1775; reconstructed: 1770s. Linen warp and cotton weft plain weave (fustian) with wool supplementary weft floral patterning and linen plain weave lining.

Detail fabric, bed gown and petticoat, France or England, fabric: reconstructed: Linen warp and cotton weft plain weave (fustian) with wool supplementary weft floral patterning and linen plain weave lining.

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