Deaccessioned June 26, 2014

Woman's skirt

American
about 1815–20
Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (Welles) (American, 1784–1826)


Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States; Place of Manufacture: probably Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 118.1 cm (46 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

49.883

Medium or Technique

Silk patterned with warp and weft floats, silk satin

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Woman’s skirt (possible fragment of a dress), pink silk with small overall geometric pattern, unfinished edge at waist, two wide satin bands across bottom with curves and peaks, single padded welt in satin along hem

Inscription

Written in ink on fabric label sewn inside at waist: "Empire skirt worn probably with spencer, white or colored, by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner b. 1784 daughter of Increase Sumner Governor of Massachusetts. She [married] Benjamin Welles of Boston August 1st 1815 died 1826 Period 1815-20"

Provenance

Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (Mrs. Benjamin Welles), Boston, MA (b. 1784 - d. 1826); 1826, given by descent to her granddaughter Miss Georgiana Welles Sargent, New York, NY (b. 1858); 1949, gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent to the MFA (Accession date: September 15, 1949); June 25, 2014, deaccessioned by the MFA for sale through Augusta Auctions, Bellows Falls, VT.

Credit Line

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