Gentlemen’s ‘Night’ Cap, anonymous, c. 1750

Gentlemen’s ‘Night’ Cap, anonymous, c. 1750

cotton (textile), h 30cm × d 17cm. More details

In the 18th century men wore wigs, which were customarily taken off at home. As protection from the cold they would then wear an – often finely ornamented – cap indoors. This is the only preserved example of one made of chintz: a handpainted cotton fabric with a glazed finish. The Dutch East India Company (VOC) imported Chintz from India.

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