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The Evill/Frost Collection III

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A very rare Vincennes or early Sèvres shuttle
circa 1755
navette, the blue ground with sablé gilding and reserved with vignettes of finely painted exotic birds, one end restored
Quantity: 1
Wilfrid Evill Collection Label
14cm., 5.5in.
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Provenance

Purchased from Lion, Paris, April 1950, for £50.

Catalogue Note

For a navette in the Musée National de Céramique, see Tamara Préaud, La Porcelaine de Vincennes, p. 183, no. 205. 

Shuttles made of precious materials were expensive sewing accessories for fashionable ladies in the eighteenth century.  They could be used in the task of unravelling gold and silver thread from garments for re-use, or for tatting.  A shuttle made of gold and steel, probably belonging to Madame Victoire, daughter of Louis XV, is in the Wallace Collection (IA10), and another is made of rock crystal and gold with garnets (IA19).

The Evill/Frost Collection III

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London