Mantua Place of origin: England, Great Britain (probably, made) Date: 1740-1745 (made) Materials and Techniques: Embroidered silk with coloured silk and silver thread Museum number: T.260&A-1969 "Seven panels of ivory-ribbed silk make up the petticoat. The robings, sleeve cuffs and skirt of the mantua are embroidered in the same design, but were modified to fit their exact proportions."
Made from dove gray silk charmeuse with matching chiffon sleeves, this exemplar of the Callot style is lavishly hand embroidered with silk floss and subtle gold metallic thread. The lace inserts on the bodice front tab and neckline and on sleeves are of handmade Venetian lace. The woven label on the petersham reads Callot Soeurs/Paris/Hiver 1905.