Example of Embroidered Shoes, 1740

Bonhams on New Bond Street in London is selling an exquisite pair of shoes dating back to the mid 18th century.  A notetable example of finely preserved embroidery, they’re worth a closer look.  The shoes are a part of the Richmond Extensive Needlework Collection which, among various 16th and 17th century works, includes the following 18th century pieces of interest:

Bonhams itself has 18th century origins.  Established in 1793, the auction house is one of the last remaining antique dealers hailing from the Georgian period.  It was founded by an antique print dealer and a book specialist.

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