Rear view, robe à l'anglaise, England (Spitalfields), c. 1750. Yellow brocaded silk, woven with brightly coloured large-scale oriental poppies, posies and swags, the ground figured with arabesques and wine silk spotted cartouches, linen lining, trimmed with pinked furbelows; stomacher trimmed with rosettes and braid.
A rare brocaded satin pregnancy robe, 1790s. the pale green silk sprigged overall with ivory and peach trefoils tied with tassels, comprising: petticoat with waist ties and two matching bodices, one high fashion (for early pregnancy) in 'pierrot' style cut low and tight with closed front, faux waistcoat panels, short tails to the back lined in striped silk, narrow curved sleeves; the other in open-robe form with inner boned closed front panels and loose deshabillé-like outer panels, the…
Silk and linen dress, back view. Dress with closed robe, sleeves pleated at the elbow. Its bodice is lined in coarse linen and boned on either side of its front opening with fastening eyelets concealed behind robings. Yellow silk taffeta, probably a lustring, brocaded with coloured silks with some details self-coloured, formed by an interrruption of the ground weave. The flowers are treated naturalistically, typical for this period. The design has a drop reverse repeat. At the
A fine striped robe à la polonaise, French, 1770s. of cinnamon and ivory satin stripes, with double engageants, English back, the interior with tapes and loops to form polonaise folds; with ivory satin stomacher covered with pinked ribbon rosettes; and a finely quilted ivory satin petticoat with overall lattice design and flowerheads within triangles to the hem. (back)