[HNW] Consulting the collective: coifs

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Tue Apr 14 11:43:00 PDT 2009


The exhibit is in Ft. Worth in the Kimbell museum right now.  It leaves mid May.


Lady Stephanie Lilburn

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From: "Cassandra L. McCraw" <cmccraw at uark.edu>
To: Historic Needlework <h-needlework at lists.ansteorra.org>
Subject: Re: [HNW] Consulting the collective: coifs
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 09:28:38 -0500

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.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
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.
~Fionna
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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
Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 9:22 AM
To: h-needlework at lists.ansteorra.org
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.
http://www.wga.hu/index1.html
 
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.  
http://www.artinthepicture.com/paintings/Gerrit_Dou/Girl-Chopping-Onions/
 
The lace maker, Caspar Netscher, Dutch, 1662-4
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Netscher_Lacemaker.jpg
 
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?
 
Thanks!
Catherine
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