Infant's dress

French, worn in America
mid-19th century

Place of Origin: France; Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


95 x 115 cm (37 3/8 x 45 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave with cotton embroidery, needlepoint lace insertion stitches, and deflected warps and wefts (drawn work) and braided linen tapes

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Infant’s christening dress; square neckline with drawstring and narrow embroidered scalloped edge with drawn work circle motifs; lighter-weight muslin used for yolk, shoulders, and sleeve edging embroidered with basket motifs and floral sprigs with drawn work and lace insertions stitches; embroidered diagonal flaps at side of yolk; pointed sleeve flaps embroidered like yolk and shoulders but in same fabric at bodice and skirt; back button and loop closures at neck and waist, double casing and drawstring at waist; pleats at back edges of bodice; full skirt with inserted front panel embroidered like yolk and shoulders with grape and leaf motif borders; flaps on either side of inserted panel; three rows of drawn work along bottom edge


Inherited by Misses Aimee and Rosamund Lamb; Gift to the MFA, 1951

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Mrs. Horatio Appleton Lamb