Arpanetta 1670, Germany The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A spitzharfe (or arpanetta) is a musical string instrument popular in Italy and Germany in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.[1][2] Up to 90 centimetres tall,[2] it is designed to be placed on a table, and consists of two sets of strings - steel strings to produce the melody and brass strings for the accompaniment.[1] It is played by plucking with fingers, in a manner similar to the harp.[1]

Arpanetta Germany The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A spitzharfe (or arpanetta) is a musical string instrument popular in Italy and Germany in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Louis XIV, King of France, by Henri de Gissey (1654).

Louis XIV in the guise of Apollo. Henri Gissey Graphite, watercolour, bodycolour and gold paint on vellum

Gold mounted memorial ornament: 1683 from the Museum of London

Gold mounted memorial ornament inset with figure of death. The ornament is inscribed: ‘Ann Rogers ob 3 ap

Louise de La Vallière (Françoise Louise de La Baume Le Blanc; 6 August 1644 – 7 June 1710) was a mistress of Louis XIV of France from 1661 to 1667.

Portrait of Francoise Louise de la Baume le Blanc Duchesse de Vaujour

Equestrian portrait of Louis XIII, king of France (1601-1643), attributed to Claude Deruet (1588-1660), Versailles, châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon © RMN (Château de Versailles) / Gérard Blot

1624 - Equestrian portrait of Louis XIII, king of France attributed to Claude Deruet He was an avid hunter and sportsman who was also known for his courage in battle. His military victories helped him become more popular with the people of France.

An important Memento Mori candle holder.  Italy  1680 ca

An important Memento Mori candle holder

The embroidered casket dates from between 1650 to 1680. It display an immensely rich collection of colours, materials, stitches and imagery. Unfortunately we do not know the origins of this casket. The fact that it has survived is no doubt due to a high regard for the work of an ancestor.

The embroidered casket dates from between 1650 to It display an immensely…

Isis' Wardrobe: 17th century embroidery at the Royal Armoury in Sweden

I have a little treat for you today, at least if you like embroidery. My friend Caroline is an intern at the museum Livrustkammaren right n.

Peter the Great's (1672-1725) travelling medicine chest, Augsburg, Tobias Lenghardt and Hans Georg I Brenner, 1613–15, Wood, copper, steel, silver, glass, silk, velvet, braid; oil paint on copper, ebony veneer, gilding. 39.5 x 41 x 32.5 cm © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

Peter the Great's travelling medicine chest, Augsburg, Tobias Lenghardt and Hans Georg I Brenner, © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

Shoes of Swedish king Erik XIV. made in second half of 16th century. Sweden

Shoes of Italian style, brown leather embroidered with silk and metal, lined with pale red silk, ca. From "Modelejon".

The Vegetable Lamb of Tartary is a legendary zoophyte of Central Asia, believed to grow sheep as its fruit. The sheep were connected to the plant by an umbilical cord and grazed the land around the plant. When all the plants were gone, both the plant and sheep died.  At The Natural History Museum in London you can the Vegetable Lamb Of Tartary, an amusingly shaped fern rhizome thought by gullible 17th-century naturalists to prove that animals could grow from the earth like plants.

Last month I made a post about The Vegetable Lamb of Tartary, ’a legendary zoophyte of Central Asia, believed to grow sheep as its fruit.

Infants Stockings 1650-1750 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Pair of infant's stockings, Italy Knitted salmon silk with gilt-metal fleur-de-lis headed clocks and fancy seams, faggot-stitched diamond pattern welts, French soles.

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