coat

coat

1900
Locale
Europe central
Country
Romania
coat
Silk embroidery, leather appliqué, and embossed patterns on sheepskin; silk tassels
Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of Mr. Frederic H. Douglas
1949.27
. coat. 1900. Silk embroidery, leather appliqué, and embossed patterns on sheepskin; silk tassels. Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of Mr. Frederic H. Douglas. 1949.27.
Dimensions
length: 40 in, 101.6000 cm; width: 57 in, 144.7800 cm
Inscription
1900 embroidered on placket
Department
Textile Art and Fashion
Collection
Textile Art and Fashion-European
For centuries, an embroidered sheepskin cape or coat was a highly coveted and extremely expensive necessity in areas of current-day Hungary and Romania. These cherished garments were the result of a collaborative effort among a number of specialists: a master who created the pattern and planned the construction, apprentices who performed the lengthily preparation of the skins, and women who embroidered the individual pieces before they were assembled. Although there are regional differences, a symmetrical arrangement of stylized polychrome floral motifs (and occasionally creatures) as well as specific abstracted appliquéd leather shapes was preferred and shown against a light or white background.
Known Provenance
Gifted March 1949 by Mr. Frederic H. Douglas [Denver, CO, 1897-1956] to Denver Art Museum
Exhibition History
  • "Cover Story," May 17, 2013 - April 27, 2014 (DAM)

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