Woman's shift

Woman's chemise

French, worn in America
about 1821
Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (Welles) (American, 1784–1826)


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

Dimensions

Center front: 105.4 cm (41 1/2 in.) Center front: 120.7 cm (47 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

49.900

Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with cotton embroidery

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Woman’s fine linen shift, deeply scooped neck, short sleeves with bands of cartridge pleating across tops, openwork embroidery and a pattern of leafy branch and wreath motifs around neck and ends of sleeves, underarm gussets

Inscription

Written in ink on linen tag basted inside at bottom: "Caille Mt [symbol resembling a quatrefoil] Wels"

Provenance

Worn by 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