Court dress (robe à la française and petticoat)

French
1770s


Object Place: France

Dimensions

163 cm (64 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

43.1633a-d

Medium or Technique

Silk; with non-period accessories: modesty, engageantes; Louix XVI style; floral motifs painted on silk taffeta ground; trimmed with ruching

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Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Chinese yellow silk taffeta with polychrome painted vining floral motifs. Robe: square neckline, attached stomacher with ruching and covered button closure, sack (Watteau) back with 2 panels of pleats, elbow length sleeves with asymmetrical ruffle, moderate panier accomodating skirt with fullness pleated into panier; front and necklines and sleeve ruffles trimmed; ivory silk partial bodice lining. Underskirt: deep ruffle above ruching at front hemline; fine linen, yellow and ivory silk at back; drawstrings at waist, paniers. 2 trimmed bows. (Cf. 43.1644)

Provenance

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection, to MFA 1943

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection