Woman's dress

Wedding dress

possibly French, worn in America
1815–20
Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (Welles) (American, 1784–1826)


Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States; Place of Manufacture: possibly France

Dimensions

Center Front: 121.9 cm (48 in.)

Accession Number

49.880

Medium or Technique

Silk net (tulle), silk satin trim, silk cord, wool embroidery

Not On View

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Drawings / Watercolors

White, high waisted tulle dress with short, puffed sleeves, low, square neckline, and drawstring closure which ties at back; trimmed with four bands of blue-white satin, tulle, and cream silk cord (single band of same trim at neckline and cuffs). Wide decorative border at hem; two rows of satin loops formed into crescent shapes with silk cording, tulle rosettes, and cream silk embroidered with three-lobed leaves; single continuous band of rouched ribbon between two rows of cording; scalloped net at hemline embroidered with three-lobed leaves,
(white satin slip not original, see inscription)

Inscription

Written in ink of fabric label (now in folder): "Ball or posibly wedding gown, 1815-1820/ worn by Mrs. B Welles of Boson./ Lined with tulle 1898 by her granddaughter/ Georgiana Wells Sarent. Markd 1906."

Provenance

Ball or possibly wedding gown of Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (Mrs. Benjamin Welles) (1784-1826) of Boston; Inherited by her granddaughter Miss Georgiana Welles Sargent (born 1858) of New York City; Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent, to MFA 1949

Credit Line

Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent