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French Ramoneur Short Gown

Stunning design and colours765. Probably French. The fabric has been handblock printed with the yellows and blues pencilled in by hand. By superimposing them green was produced. The rust and ochre colours were popular at this time with the discover of Pompeian wall paintings. I wonder if this was for maternity. The chequered tape could be used for a fastening, when the mother was feeding. The jacket would have been worn by a working women over a skirt.


The dark brown cotton gound hand block printed with four large sprays 3 in or 8 cm of flowers and leaves, in shades of rust, ochre, blue, green and black.

The jacket with large round gathered neck with woven ties, the fabric caught into pleats to give shape to the bust opening to reveal two flaps which secure to the centre, brass hooks and eyes, an addiitonal piece of chequered tape with a brass eye high waist, elbow length sleeves, the back with a V neck edged with a frill at the top of the shoulder, central diamond section gathered tightly into skirt's centre back, the sleeves cut deep into the back, fully lined with linen.

Shoulder to hem 38 1/2 in;98 cm


The glaze has been gone, otherwise in very good condtiion.