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- Place Associated
Britain (place of manufacture)
silk, silver, silver-gilt, gold, linen, paper
overall: 180 mm
Man’s nightcap in red silk solid cut pile velvet, constructed from six conical sections, embroidered in silver threads, silver-gilt braid and gold spangles worked in basket weave, plaited braid with twisted couching depicting stylized fruit motifs, including pomegranates. Lined with linen, cut and shaped in the centre. Tag attached inscribed 'This cap belonged to Major Buntine, uncle of William Baillie of Monkton. He served under General Lesley in the Civil Wars; and particularly distinguished [sic] at Philiphaugh. Cromwell made him Master of the Horse in Scotland. Monk sent him to Breda to see Charles II.'
The pomegranate appeared as a motif on dress and textiles from the 1520s through to the late-1600s in Europe, but was particularly popular in England, not only due its use as the personal device of Catherine of Aragon and Mary I of England, but also as it was regarded as a symbol of fertility.
Provenance: Major Hugh Buntine; Shepton Mallet Antique Fair; from where purchased by a private collector; by whom sold at Duke's, Dorchester, 1990s; from where purchased by Harris Lindsay; their sale, Out of the Ordinary: The discerning and individual taste of Christopher Gibbs and Harris Lindsay, Christie's, St James, London, on 10 May 2006; from where purchased by the Burrell Trustees in 2006.
- Credit Line/Donor
Purchased by the Burrell Trustees with assistance from The Art Fund, 2006
Burrell Collection: British Embroideries
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