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Robe a la Francaise
c 1760-70

The petals seem to be an unusual design in that the horizontal lines are quite widely spaced. Very pretty understated colour which would have shimmered by candlelight. Probably French. See: Edited by Zegna Ermenegildo The Meandering Pattern in Brocaded Silks 1745-1775

Description

the pale pinky mauve shot silk taffetta brocade woven with a simulated lace meander alternating with large petalled flower sprays in white/silver thread, highlight with touches of peach and mid green silk, the front bodice with large square neck, robings and a stomacher edged with simple bobbin lace and alternating hook and eye fastening, the above elbow sleeves with a double flounce trimmed with bobbin lace, the back with square neck and large pleats falling to the hem in a sack back construction, pocket slits to either side, the inside bodice lined with natural coloured linen, eyelet holes and lacing cord fastening, a wide inner linen band at hem, bust 32 in or 82 cm; shoulder to front hem 50 in or 1.28 cm; back hem 61 in or 1.55 m

Condition

The brocade is in excellent condition. There is one very small slight mark to one side. The robings have been sewn back, perhaps for fancy dress, and there is still a vertical fold. This would probably come out with pressing. The stomacher has probably been slightly taken in but the fabric is all there. The lace needs a few stitches and there is one little hole to the lace on a sleeve ruffle. The dress is crisp and fresh looking.

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