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Skirt from a Court Gown

A work made of silk, satin weave; embroidered with gold metal-wrapped over a silk fibre core, gold frisé, silk, gold metal formed ornaments, "purl," spangles, gold metal strips; couching over paper core and silk padding, in pattern and backstitch; trimmed with bobbin lace made of gold metal strip wound around a silk fibre core.
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  • A work made of silk, satin weave; embroidered with gold metal-wrapped over a silk fibre core, gold frisé, silk, gold metal formed ornaments, "purl," spangles, gold metal strips; couching over paper core and silk padding, in pattern and backstitch; trimmed with bobbin lace made of gold metal strip wound around a silk fibre core.

Date:

1805-15

Artist:

France

About this artwork

While early 19th century fashion tended to lighter fabrics and less decoration than that of the previous century, dress for formal occasions such as appearances at court continued to be subject to strict rules, as exemplified by this garment. The trio of lilies at the center of the skirt are a symbol of French royalty. The textures of the different metal threads applied to the shining satin fabric each reflect light slightly differently.

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Title

Skirt from a Court Gown

Origin

France

Date

Made 1805–1815

Medium

Silk, satin weave; embroidered with gold metal-wrapped over a silk fibre core, gold frisé, silk, gold metal formed ornaments, "purl," spangles, gold metal strips; couching over paper core and silk padding, in pattern and backstitch; trimmed with bobbin lace made of gold metal strip wound around a silk fibre core

Dimensions

117.4 × 214.4 cm (46 1/4 × 84 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Constance Rothschild Morris

Reference Number

1954.1278

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