Sweetmeat purse, French, c1680–90

Silk and metal thread, metal cord and lace

This elaborate purse depicts four scenes: figures in costume drinking; an elderly shepherd tending his flock; two men playing shuttlecocks; and a gentleman having his shoes cleaned. The gentleman is dressed fashionably in a tight fitting justaucorps, breeches, long wig and plumed hat. His red heels indicate that he was presented at court.
Accession Number: SHM.2010.T.14

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