English Embroidery in the Metropolitan Museum 1575-1700: 'Twixt Art and Nature

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This book centers around the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s preeminent collection of embroidered objects from England’s late Tudor and Stuart eras. These seventeenth-century embroideries, some eighty works in all, include samplers, gloves, headgear, purses, raised work panels, boxes and mirrors, portrait miniatures, lavishly embroidered Bibles, and a spectacular burse made to hold the Great Seal of England. In a series of essays the book explores the important role of embroidery in the history of textiles and ...

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Overview

This book centers around the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s preeminent collection of embroidered objects from England’s late Tudor and Stuart eras. These seventeenth-century embroideries, some eighty works in all, include samplers, gloves, headgear, purses, raised work panels, boxes and mirrors, portrait miniatures, lavishly embroidered Bibles, and a spectacular burse made to hold the Great Seal of England. In a series of essays the book explores the important role of embroidery in the history of textiles and decorative arts and also offers new insight into the role of women in the production of decorative arts. Expert scholars discuss embroidered furnishings, fashion accessories, biblical narratives, and pastoral imagery, to create a superb and comprehensive overview of embroidery during this tumultuous period in English history.

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“. . . has energized what was . . . a dormant subject. . . . It offers new insight into the role of women in the decorative arts . . . [A] scholarly work; it includes a table of chronological English constitutional history, and for embroiderers the essential glossary of stitches.” — Esther Fitzgerald, Selvedge

— Esther Fitzgerald

Selvedge - Esther Fitzgerald
“. . . has energized what was . . . a dormant subject. . . . It offers new insight into the role of women in the decorative arts . . . [A] scholarly work; it includes a table of chronological English constitutional history, and for embroiderers the essential glossary of stitches.” — Esther Fitzgerald, Selvedge
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300129670
  • Publisher: Bard Graduate Center for Studies
  • Publication date: 1/27/2009
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Melinda Watt is assistant curator, Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Andrew Morrall is professor, Bard Graduate Center. He specializes in Early Modern Northern European fine and applied arts.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Susan Weber Weber, Susan

Preface Philippe de Montebello de Montebello, Philippe

Introduction Andrew Morrall Morrall, Andrew Melinda Watt Watt, Melinda

Chronology of English Constitutional History, 1558-1702

Ch. 1 Collecting English Domestic Embroidery Melinda Watt Watt, Melinda 3

Ch. 2 Embroidered Furnishings: Questions of Production and Usage Kathleen Staples Staples, Kathleen 23

Ch. 3 "An Instrument of profit, pleasure and of ornament": Embroidered Tudor and Jacobean Dress Accessories Susan North North, Susan 39

Ch. 4 Embroidered Biblical Narratives and Their Social Context Ruth Geuter Geuter, Ruth 57

Ch. 5 Regaining Eden: Representations of Nature in Seventeenth-Century English Embroidery Andrew Morrall Morrall, Andrew 79

Ch. 6 Materials and Techniques of Secular Embroideries Cristina Balloffet Carr Carr, Cristina Balloffet 99

Catalogue of the Exhibition

The Royal Image 109

Embroidery and Education 145

Accessories of Dress 167

Interior Furnishings 193

Biblical Subjects 225

Nature and Pastoral Imagery 257

Stitch Glossary 291

Bibliography 294

Index 304

Photographic Credits 308

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