Shears

photo of shears or scissors

French
Shears, 16th century
Iron
11 in. (28 cm)
MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna (F 357)
MAK / Hanady Mustafa

 
Shears like those represented in The Tailor were critical to the production of the luxurious clothing worn by many of Moroni’s sitters. These shears are believed to have been made in France, though instruments of this kind were also produced in Lombardy. The decoration of the inner sections beneath the finger holes with facing figures suggests that the shears were made for an individual of some distinction, which may also explain their fine state of preservation.