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Creator Name: Garthwaite, Anna
Creator Nationality: European; British; English
Creator Role: Designer
Creator Dates/Places: English, 1690 - 1763
Creator Name-CRT: Designed by Anna Maria Garthwaite
Creator Name: Lekeux, Peter
Creator Nationality: European; Huguenot
Creator Role: Manufacturer
Creator Dates/Places: English Huguenot, 1716 - 1768
Creator Name-CRT: Made by Peter Lekeux
Title: Sleeved waistcoat
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1747
Creation End Date: 1747
Creation Date: 1747
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Classification Term: Main dress-Menswear
Materials and Techniques: silk, silver gilt, wool
Dimensions: L. at center back 33 1/2 in. (85 cm); L. at center front 34 1/2 in. (87.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: CI 66.14.2
Credit Line: Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1966
The original design of this waistcoat, in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, was acquired by that institution along with several volumes of Garthwaite's designs, and was published in articles by Peter Thornton and Natalie Rothstein on the Huguenot silk-weaving industry in London. The marvel of this original design is that it identifies not only the artist but also the weaver, Peter Lekeux, and gives the date of sale -- October 23, 1747 -- as well. In addition, the metal threads to be used in the weaving are described: 'dark yellow plate' (a plain, metal strip); 'light yellow plain' (a metal strip wound around a silk or linen core); and 'grey frosted' (a textured thread that sparkles). Both Garthwaite and Peter Lekeux were important contributors to the English silk industry in the Spitalfields area of London.
AMICA ID: MMA_.CI66.14.2
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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