Tuesday, November 18, 2008



I came across the Exhibition catalog for this exhibit at Historiches Museum Bern earlier this year.  The exhibit will also be held in Brügge next year.  It covers the time of Charles the Bold of Burgandy (1433-1477) and there are many wonderful objects.  Everything in the catalog is the finest example of its type from painting to metalwork to embroidery.  The embroidery is too fancy for my taste; it feels unapproachable.  I did especially love two items in the catalog and they are shown here:  the marvelous purse and fantastic red doublet (or whatever this is called in this period; I don't know much about correct clothing terminology).  I absolutely LOVE the shiny red silk!

6 comments:

Racaire said...

thank you very much for sharing!

Tristán Z. said...

That's a very nice purse. There's another image (albeit of lesser quality) here: http://www.kostym.cz/Anglicky/2_Detaily/01_Doplnky/II_01_97.htm

Gina-B said...

Many years ago I was told that the doublet was put together incorrectly when first found - (it is also mentioned in a conservation book which isn't in English). I don't know exactly which bits were wrong, or when it was sewn together incorrectly, but it does often happen with historic clothing - the Victorians loved to make them over to their own idea of what they should have been and then wear them for fancy dress!
Thanks so much for adding a pic of the purse - its the best one I've seen of this one to date online and the littele fringes and the tassels are wonderful!!

Kathy Storm said...

That's interesting...I wonder where it is sewn together incorrectly? How funny! Thanks for the info.

Machteld said...

The purse is amazing! I'd love to see it in Brugge, thanks for sharing!

Fiorina said...

The doublet is still put together wrongly, as the textile curator pointed out. She made a "doll-sized" redo with the extant panels, and it's possible to get it more "15th century like".

The exhibition was a pure joy to visit, and I am still very happy about us having the camp in the museums backyard, what gave us the opportunity to see the exhibition several times, and always accompagnied by very nice and helpful museums staff. (Once we were shown the back of a tapestry, with the unfaded colours. Dazzling!)