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Billfold: genre scenes on interior lining

Object Number: 
INV.11407
Date: 
1775-1800
Medium: 
Leather, paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 1/4 x 6 7/8 x 1/4 in. ( 10.8 x 17.5 x 0.6 cm )
Description: 
Rectangular red leather purse (pocketbook) with a strap that goes around both sides and slides into a securing loop, the inside has two compartments with accordioned sides, with paper genre scene engravings applied on the outer surface of each, the top scene depicts a woman in a fichu and dormeuse standing at a Dutch door looking at an embracing couple, the lower scene depicts cobbler at work outside and a woman with a water pitcher, both scenes are surrounded with rinceau design and a birds at the bottom corners.
Gallery Label: 
This pocketbook belonged to General Peter Ganesvoort, Jr. (d. 1812), of Albany, New York.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Victor Hugo Paltsits, 1951
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group