A pair of gorgeous ladies 19th century shoes of silk woven tapestry depicting pretty pale pink, red and blue flower heads upon pale green stems. The background was woven using the Kilim technique and would have once sparkled as silver metal thread is woven though the natural colored background. Having THE most delectable hand stitched red leather covered wooden stacked heels. The brown suede soles are straight soles (no left or right) which continues to the heel breast. An attractive brown decorative element can be seen to the narrowest waist area of the sole. Having squared, domed toes, shaped vamp throat with original green silk ribbon and original buttery gilt buckles to the top of the vamp throat. The quarter's lining is of cream kid leather with white linen vamp lining and cream kid leather insole. Original pale lemon silk edge bindings. Complete with inner heel stiffeners. The back seams are butted.
See identical shoes discussed and photographed on page 162 of the book - Shoes: A Celebration of Pumps, Sandals, Slippers & More By Linda O'Keeffe. Also similar examples can be viewed at The Met Museum, Shoe Icons and Northampton Museum. Size: 10" long, 0.75" heel height.
Condition: Very good, these shoes have not been worn much during their life. As seen over the toe area, there is some slight play in the tapestry weave as is so common on hand woven textiles - see Aubusson or Verdure tapestries.
A scarce pair of antique shoes waiting to adorn a discerning collection.
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