Bridal purse, French, 1680–99

Silk brocade and ribbon, enamel, and metal lace

Bridal purses were given during the wedding ceremony as a token of the groom’s commitment to support the bride through married life. This example was made in Limoges, a region famous since 1100 for its enamelwork, and is typical of the Limoges bridal purses of this period. It features portraits of bridge and groom, one on each side, and was likely commissioned and professionally made for the occasion.
Accession Number: SHM.2011.T.3

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