Part of woman's sack gown (robe à la française) - ROM2008_9822_6


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
104 x 74.5 cm
Object number: 980.205.F
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 part cosists of the left side of front skirt panel. There are two scant rectangular repeats of bunches of roses and apple blossom sprays. There are two vertical slits on the top edgewhich are 8 cm deep and 7 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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