Woman's pelisse

Woman's redingote

American
1820–25
Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (Welles) (American, 1784–1826)


Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Center Front: 135.9 cm (53 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

49.879

Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave crepe patterned with warp floats, silk plain weave lining, wool fleece filling

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Green silk pelisse; hook-and-eye closure down center front with decorative self-fabric covered buttons; decorative self-fabric trim along center front and hem; gathers and pleats between two bands of piping at shoulders; gathers at waistband; long full sleeves with pleats at shoulders and self-fabric, triple-layered, piped ruffles at cuffs; lined with white silk lutestring and stuffed with wool fleece

Inscription

Written in ink on fabric label: "Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (Mrs. Benjamin) Welles (1784-1826) of Boston in Paris 1820-1825."

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