Panel from woman’s unstitched sacque gown (robe à la française) - ROM2008_9822_1

ROM2008_9822_1

Panel from woman’s unstitched sacque gown (robe à la française)

Medium:Painted silk tabby
Geography: Textile made in China for the European market, used in England
Date: c. 1760-1770
Period: Qianlong (r. 1735-1795), Qing Dynasty
Dimensions:
107.5 x 74.5 cm
Object number: 980.205.A
Credit Line: Gift of the Fashion Group Inc. of Toronto
Not on view
DescriptionThis yellow-dyed Chinese silk was hand-painted with pigments in a binding medium that sits on the surface of the textile. The repeat pattern of roses and apple blossoms was originally outlined with silver paint that has now oxidized to grey. It was painted in a length required for a fashionable European sacque gown (robe à la française), with flowing pleats in the back. The cloth was purchased in Europe and made into a woman’s formal dress that would have been one of the most costly and luxurious gowns in a lady's wardrobe.
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