Pair of woman's shoes. Blue silk exterior with ivory embroidered butterflies and decorative blue silk bow. Leather soles with 1 1/2 inch heels. Lined with kid and cotton or linen fabric. Printed paper label inside right shoe has crown and shield above inscription: "85, RUE DE RICHELIEU / CHAPELLE / Cordonnier / Pour Dames / Paris"; right shoe also has printed paper label "Droit" and left shoe has printed paper label "Gauche." These shoes are part of an ensemble with Worth dress and silk stockings (catalog numbers C01.3305 and C01.3306).
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Late Victorian, New York)
|Acquisition||Gift of Mrs. Francis Henderson|
|Ownership and History||
These shoes bear the label of a Parisian maker of women's shoes. The label has a coat of arms indicating the patronage of the Princess of Baden. They are also labeled to identify which shoe is for the right foot and which is for the left.
The color and the butterfly motif on the shoes coordinate with the stockings and dress of the ensemble, which descended in the family of Agnes (Roudebush) Henderson (1868-1926), a well-to-do New Yorker who also lived for extended periods in Europe.
|Subjects||Clothing & dress|
|Lexicon Sub-category||Clothing -- Footwear|
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