European shoes, slippers and boots
European shoes and boots: Russian boot 1, Russian woman's sandal 2, Finnish woman's sandal 3, Finnish woman's slipper 4, Finnish bejeweled shoes 5, 6, Hungarian man's boot 7, Tartarian woman's snoe-shoes 8, Persian woman's slippers 9, 10, Chinese woman's shoe 11, Turkish woman's chopine 12, Greek island woman's boot 13, Naxos woman's boot 14, Venetian backless shoe 15, and Irish peasant's brogue 16. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from J. Sparkes Hall's Book of the Feet, HIstory of Boots and Shoes, New York, 1847. Date:
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Tobias and Sara on their Wedding Night, ca 1520
BAL7848 Tobias and Sara on their Wedding Night, ca 1520 by German School, (16th century); Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: The Book of Tobias recounts the story of the pious aged Tobit and how his son, Tobias, with the aid of the archangel Raphael, was able to restore his father's health and wealth. The archangel Raphael, in disguise, leads Tobias to the lands of his kinsman Raguel. Raguel gives his daughter Sara in marriage to Tobias but warns him that Sara's seven previous husbands had all been devoured by demons on the wedding night.
With Raphael's aid, Tobias prepares a potion, the smell of which drives the demons out. He and Sara are able then to successfully consummate their marriage.
The dog sleeping on their bed belonged to Tobias and accompanied him and Raphael on their journey. In this context he may also symbolize marital love and fidelity.
Made in Germany, probably Lower Rhine area, maybe Cologne.
); German, out of copyright
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Woman in priestess-style dress, 1797 (handcoloured copperplate engraving)
5986494 Woman in priestess-style dress, 1797 (handcoloured copperplate engraving) by French School, (18th century); (add.info.: She wears a Greek-style bun raised in a round bonnet, a priestess-style dress, gauze mantle and slippers with tassles. Chinon a la grecque. releve sur un bonnet rond. Chemise a la Praitresse. Mantelet du gaze, glands sure les souliers. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Pierre de la Mesangere's Journal des Modes et Dames, Paris, 1797. The illustrations in volume 1 were by Carle Vernet, Claude Louis Desrais and Philibert Louis Debucourt.); © Florilegius
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