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White satin: the design of borders and a powder of flowers, is worked with various shades of violet, pink, brown, and black silk, gold thread, and spangles. Lined with white cotton flannel.


Said to have been worn by by Gov. James Bowdoin of Boston, while in Paris between 1805 and 1808 (at a ball given by Napoleon I, according to family lore). Passed to his grand-nephew James Bowdoin Winthrop by inheritance, then to Robert C. Winthop, Jr. (newphew of J. B. Winthrop), who gave it to the MFA in February, 1901.

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Gift of Robert C. Winthrop

French, about 1800–10

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76 cm (29 15/16 in.)

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Floral motifs embroidered with silk, gold metallic threads, and sequins on white silk satin ground


Textiles and Fashion Arts