This three piece suit is exemplary of skilled French embroidery and the silhouette of men's court wear during the time of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821). Bonaparte revived the importance of court traditions when he crowned himself Emperor in 1804
Suit, c.1780-1790, Canada, Made of salmon-coloured cut velvet in the collared style of a "French frock", the garment is typical of the era's trend in masculine clothing away from more elaborate dress. Owner was Dr. Philippe Louis François Badelart of Québec City, who listed his profession as surgeon. Dr. Badelart often treated the sick free of charge, and frequently gave monies to the poor.
3-piece court suit of Grand Prince Alexander Pavlovich, Russia, late 18th century. Cut and uncut silk velvet with a small geometrical pattern, richly embroidered with floral motifs in multicoloured silk threads; waistcoat: cream silk satin with floral embroidery.