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Unknown1615-25Netherlandsdeerskin or goats glacé leather, silk satin, gold- and silk embroidery, gold plated sequins and cannetille32 x 18 cm

Representative glove from fine, nearly white goat leather or deerskin. The wide cuff is embroidered with black silk and gold threads and bordered with a fringe. The symmetrical floral embellishment is sprayed with small black knots and sequins. The cuff is stiffened with a layer of hand-inscribed paper, which is visible through the remains of the silk lining. The gloves had been kept in a Dutch family over generations; they might have been a wedding gift.