Embroidered Casket

pre 1665

Gallery 40, Old Master drawings, Tapestries and Sculpture


The casket and its maker

Made as an example of virtuoso needlework in the mid-17th century, this casket is designed as a miniature piece of furniture, with two doors that open to reveal four drawers covered in pink velvet. The embroidered panels that cover it were made by a young girl as the culmination of her education in needlework. They would have been sent away to be mounted up as a box, and at that stage the keyplates, handles and feet would have been added. We have some rare evidence for the identity of the maker, who was a Miss Bluitt, educated at Hackney School in London before 1665.