Ladies gloves

Pair of ladies gloves, late 18th century. I-Taranto. D-Rostock, Zoologische Sammlung der Universität, Inventory No. VII Ba. 54 (MS Inventory 3)

Sea-silk and twisted blue-green thread (mulberry silk?), thumb and index finger open, fingernail covered, plain knitting right, 10 stitches per 1 cm, ellbow lenght 37 cm, breadth wrist 6.5 cm, breadth elbow 9.5 cm. Small holes, palm borders damaged

Original label: ... ein Geschenk der Frau Reichsgräfin zu Stolberg ... Sophia, 21. Nov. 1799



Ladies gloves
Ladies gloves, late 18th c. I-Taranto. D-Rostock, Zoologische Sammlung der Universität, Inventory No. VII Ba. 54 (MS Inventory 3)



The blue-green thread mixed with sea-silk is clearly visible.
The blue-green thread mixed with sea-silk is clearly visible.
Friedrich Leopold Graf zu Stolberg (1750-1819), lawyer and writer in Berlin, married in 1790 his second wife Sophie Charlotte Eleonore von Redern (1765-1842). On a voyage to Italy he was guest of Archbishop Giuseppe Capecelatro in Taranto from May 7th to 12th, 1792. Stolberg reported about it in detail in his diary. He mentions sea-silk gloves, which he received as a gift.
«A margine, simpatico e significativo è l’episodio ricordato da Stolberg: la donna invitata dal Capecelatro per spiegargli tutti i passaggi della lavorazione, si inorgoglisce e si commuove per l’interesse e gli apprezzamenti manifestati dallo straniero. Il giorno dopo Stolberg con sorpresa, riceve in dono dalla donna un paio di guanti, segno tangibile della sua riconoscenza. Sebbene di umili origini e forse analfabeta, la sconosciuta tarantina ha dato prova di grande dignità e garbo tanto da colpire la sensibilità di Stolberg il quale ha avvertito la necessità di tramandarci l’episodio.» (Girelli Renzulli 2000)
Stolberg corresponded with Elisa van der Recke, who was later, in 1815, also the guest of Archbishop Capecelatro in Naples (Hempel 1997).

Countess Sophia of Stolberg donated these gloves in 1799 to the founder of the zoological collection in Rostock, Prof. Dr. Oluf Gerhard Tychsen (1734-1815).

In 1800, the Stolberg couple converted to Catholicism and moved to Münster, where they made part of the circle of the Countess Amalie von Gallitzin.