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An exciting discovery at the Met

By July 21, 2014July 26th, 2023No Comments

I’m still feeling a bit lightheaded after my daughter found the images below, of Caroline Ferriday’s gifts to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bequeathed to the museum at various times over the years, the pieces span centuries and continents. I’ve been researching Caroline’s life for ten years and never knew she’d donated these to the museum.

Caroline, an accomplished Shakespearian actress, spent many years on Broadway and these may have been costumes and props she and her mother Eliza acquired. How smart she was to see their value and make sure they were kept safe and well-tended. Can’t get over how beautiful they are–even the boots, which seem to have seen many productions! Love the cotton “trousers” at the end, too.

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19th century silk Russian bodice (above) Love the french ribbon!

1973.110.3_B1973.110.3_S

1981.40_F2Tiffany silk, bone and paper fan (1873)

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 fan detail

 1981.40_S

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Fur pelerine 1900-1903

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Early 19th century silk, bast fiber and fur skirt

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1973-1.110.1_F

Early 20th century silk and cotton robe

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Ring, 1700-1939

 

CI37.63.3ab_SLeather boots date 1800-1937

CI41.68.1abSilk purse, 1700’s

C.I.41.68.2_FCirca 1700, metal, cellulose nitrate and pearl comb

CIX55.28

20th century cotton trousers

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