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Woman's dress in two parts (robe, petticoat)

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Persimmon orange robe a la francaise open robe with compere (false waistcoat) front, double-flounced pagoda sleeve ruffles and pocket slits at each hip. Double band of rouched trimmings on compere form a curve at the top edge. The graduated center front robings are arranged from waist to hem in...

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Before 2006, private collection, France; sold from this private collection to an unknown dealer in the Midi (France); sold by this dealer to Gisele Roche, Sausset les Pins, France; 2006, sold by Roche to Cora Ginsburg, LLC, New York; 2010, sold by Cora Ginsburg to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 22, 2010)

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund

Robe a la française

French, 1760s

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Robe: Center back: 163.8 cm (64 1/2 in.); Center front: 30.5 cm (12 in.); Shoulder to hem edge, L&R front (56") Petticoat: Center back: 98 cm (38 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk satin weave with weft patterning floats (faconee); silk plain weave with discontinous patterning wefts (taffeta); silk plain weave; linen plain weave


Textiles and Fashion Arts