#2438   German Folk Blouse   19th C. 


 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.