Panel of woman's robe à la française (sack gown) - ROM2008_9822_9


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

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
163.5 x 65 cm
Object number: 980.205.I
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 sack gown, 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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