#2438   German Folk Blouse   19th C. 

$325.00


Materials:
 Heavy linen, red, blue, and black cotton embroidery floss, red and white hand made bobbin lace, heavy drawn work lace, red and black cotton cord.

Provenance: Purchased at auction from a New England museum's de-accession lot.

Label: Museum accession tag stapled onto hem, "DEUTCH 21890  116".

Condition: Excellent, nearly perfect. One lilac color stain (size of quarter) on front; damaged & partially missing red and white bobbin lace on the cuff hems. 

Measurements:    Sh-Sh, 16"; B, 46"; Blouse L, 20"; Slv L, 26"; Hem C, 47".

Comments: Linen folk blouses from Eastern Europe are cut in two distinctive ways. The Dinaric form uses ungathered, straight cut pieces for the sleeves and body and has a slit front placket. The Pannonian cut gathers the sleeves and bodice pieces into a narrow neckband, also with slit front placket. This Pannonian blouse's red, blue and black floral and geometric raised embroidery is magnificent. Viewed from front or back this German blouse is a testament to the art of traditional counted thread embroidery. The designs are pleasing, well balanced, and colorful. The heavily embroidered cream on cream drawn lace is worked in a 3" band down the back of the sleeve and in a narrow edging on the cuffs. This hand worked geometric lace is an airy counterpoint to the heavy, bold embroidery.