Woman's kimono or house coat

French (Paris)
early 20th century
Retailed by Babani (French, founded 1895)

Object Place: Paris, France


Center back: 154.9 cm (61 in.) Center front: 154.9 cm (61 in.) Length x width (Overall CB length w/collar X across shoulder): 161.3 x 123.2 cm (63 1/2 x 48 1/2 in.) Center front (CB - Collar): 12.7 cm (5 in.) Center front (Sleeve length): 96.5 cm (38 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk crepe, resist dyed and embroidered; silk plain weave, block printed; silk plain weave

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



House coat or lounge wear fashioned from a Japanese kimono (furisode) of purple silk crepe, resist dyed with a design of cherry blossoms, pine, peonies, maple, and a rocky landscape with waterfalls and embroidered in polychrome silks and gold-wrapped thread. A large peacock is embroidered on the front left side and the center back. Re-lined with pink silk plain weave and light blue silk plain weave block printed in gold with a design of swirling flower heads. Labelled at center back neck: “V. Babani / 98. Bd. Haussman PARIS”


July 2, 2010, anonymous sale, Cornette de St. Cyr, Paris, lot 330, to Decades Inc., Los Angeles, CA; purchased from Decades by the MFA (Accession date: September 22, 2010)

Credit Line

Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund