This French embroidery sample is dated ca. 1770 and was featured in the exhibit It is a part of the Textiles department and was included in the exhibition Embroidered and Embellished, which showcased men's waistcoats from the 18th Century.
This embroidery sample has been in its original paper enclosure for over 200 years, preserving its brilliant color and pristine condition. The sample likely represents designs for men’s coats although embroidery houses could produce designs on any fabric according to a client’s wishes. While consumers in Paris could visit the retailers to see samples in person, these paper envelopes were highly portable, meaning selling agents could take orders from customers far removed from the city center.