[HNW] Consulting the collective: coifs
Cassandra L. McCraw
cmccraw at uark.edu
Tue Apr 14 07:28:38 PDT 2009
I'll bring my book from the recent Met exhibit on Love in the Italian Renaissance to the Elizabethan RUSH this weekend. It has a coif and a painting of a woman wearing a similar coif.
I'm at work now and don't have any other details.
By the way, I believe the exhibit is now in Texas - if it is near anyone on this list, I highly recommend it.
From: h-needlework-bounces+cmccraw=uark.edu at lists.ansteorra.org [mailto:h-needlework-bounces+cmccraw=uark.edu at lists.ansteorra.org] On Behalf Of Catherine Kinsey
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Subject: [HNW] Consulting the collective: coifs
I've been digging through resources for over a year for extent examples of embroidered coifs and nightcaps from the 16/17C. Found quite a few actually, both surviving pieces and examples in portraits (mostly nightcaps). The vast majority of these, especially the surviving pieces, seem to be English. I will be the first to admit that my language skills are weak however so I may not have really searched the European museum websites as thoroughly as I had hoped. Does anyone know of any examples of an embroidered coif or nightcap, 16/17C era, in a European museum? If so, could you please share a link :)??
Interesting enough, while I can find quite a few portraits of gentlemen in the embroidered nightcaps, similar paintings of the embroidered coifs are harder to find. There are a couple of english portraits where the sitter is wearing an embroidered jacket and sometimes an embroidered coif as well, and a lot of needlelace coifs in Dutch paintings, but still not a lot of coifs. Here are some of the best European examples, in paintings, that I have found:
"Last Judgement", by Jacob de Backer, Belgium. 1580. 6 of the ladies kneeling on the right side panel could have blackworked coifs under their wired headresses.
Portrait from the French school, c.1585. Originally in the Weiss gallery, copy of pic in Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion 4
"Girl chopping onions, Gerrit Dou, Dutch. 1646.
The lace maker, Caspar Netscher, Dutch, 1662-4
So the fashion for embroidered coifs was not just in England, but where are the surviving European examples? Anyone able to give me a clue?
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