Woman's dress in two parts (robe, petticoat)

Robe a la française


Object Place: France


Robe: Center back: 163.8 cm (64 1/2 in.); Center front: 30.5 cm (12 in.); Shoulder to hem edge, L&R front (56") Petticoat: Center back: 98 cm (38 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk satin weave with weft patterning floats (faconee); silk plain weave with discontinous patterning wefts (taffeta); silk plain weave; linen plain weave

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Persimmon orange robe a la francaise open robe with compere (false waistcoat) front, double-flounced pagoda sleeve ruffles and pocket slits at each hip. Double band of rouched trimmings on compere form a curve at the top edge. The graduated center front robings are arranged from waist to hem in widely spaced box pleats with irregularly shaped oblongs down center. Gown skirts, upper back and sleeves lined in ivory taffeta with widely spaced ribbon-like stripes with geometric pattern of graduated dusty pink triangles bordered with narrow green and pink bands. The bodice is lined in linen with three ties at the interior center back for fit. Lower sleeve ruffles lined with silk plain weave.

Persimmon orange full petticoat with pocket slits at each hip, pleats at waistband and linen ties at each side. A deep flounce and the lower hem are of pleated self silk trimmed with chenille and pleated in a similar manner to the robings on the gown. Lined in white linen plain weave.


Before 2006, private collection, France; sold from this private collection to an unknown dealer in the Midi (France); sold by this dealer to Gisele Roche, Sausset les Pins, France; 2006, sold by Roche to Cora Ginsburg, LLC, New York; 2010, sold by Cora Ginsburg to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 22, 2010)

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund