Part of woman's sack gown (robe à la française) - ROM2008_9822_7


Part of woman's sack gown (robe à la française)

Medium:Painted silk tabby
Geography: Painted silk made in China for the European market; used in England
Date: 1760-1770
Period: Qianlong (r. 1735-1795), Qing Dynasty
103.5 x 74.5 cm
Object number: 980.205.G
Credit Line: Gift of the Fashion Group Inc. of Toronto
Not on view
DescriptionThis textile part of unstitched woman's sack gown (robe à la française) was woven and painted in China for the Western market. It was quite common practice to unstitch silk dresses in order to clean or store them. This rectangular part consists of the rigt front skirt panel. It is made of yellow silk with scant two pattern repeats with bunches of roses and apple blossom spray. There are two vertical slits at the top which are 15 cm deep and 8 cm apart. The areas to be painted are first covered with a layer of white lead or white calcium (chalk or oyster shell. Under painting in white enhanced the effect of colors, which included mineral (azurite, copper, cinnabar, iron oxide) and vegetal (madder, indigo, lamp black, gamboges) pigments. Pigments were suspended as discrete particles in an animal or vegetal glue medium thinned to an appropriate consistency with water and applied to the surface of the motif, completely covering the under painting. The painted flowers were originally outlined with silver.
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