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Man's three-part court suit (coat, waistcoat, and breeches)

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Plum colored broadcloth embroidered with plum colored and white silk and chenille, silver thread, spangles and brilliants. Supposed to have been worn by the Hon. James Bowdoin, U.S. Minister to Spain, 1805-1808, at a ball given by Napoleon at the Tuileries. Worn with 01.110 and 01.111.


Said to have been worn by the Hon. James Bowdoin, U.S. Minister to Spain from 1805-1808; to his grand-nephew, James Bowdoin Winthrop by inheritance; to James Bowdoin Winthrop's nephew, Robert C. Winthrop, Jr. by inheritance; gift of Robert C. Winthrop, Jr. to MFA, February 1, 1901.

Credit Line

Gift of Robert C. Winthrop

French, about 1805–08

Object Place

probably France


Coat: center back (collar to bottom of coat): 106 cm (41 3/4 in.) Waistcoat: center front: 55.2 cm (21.75 in.) Breeches: center front: 67.9 cm (26.75 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wool broadcloth embroidered with silk and metallic threads, spangles, and glass


Textiles and Fashion Arts