Favorite decades: 1910's, 1800's, 1870's
Favorite artists: Anthony van Dyck, Giovanni Boldini, Henry Fuseli, Thomas Lawrence
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Mourning dress by Amédée François, ca 1880 France, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Bonnet, ca 1880 New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Purple velvet bonnet trimmed with purple and light lavender ostrich feathers.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Red glazed cotton corset, c. 1880. Made by Farcy & Oppenheim, Paris. Labeled inside “C. P. a la Sirene,” this was one of the finest corset-makers in the late 19th and early 20th century, showing in World’s Fairs and Expositions. The corset laces up the back and has slot and stud fasteners in front, (each stamped “C P”), allowing the wearer to put on her own corset once the proper fit was determined. Colorful corsets became fashionable and accepted in the 1880s.
This corset is currently on exhibit along with other lacy unmentionables for Valentine’s Day.
TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Each Tuesday we post a piece from our textile collection. Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our new Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY! #TextileTuesday
Waving to the Procession, Paris by Albert Roosenboom, ca 1880 Brussels, private collection
It was sold by Christie’s in 2008.
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Elegant Company at the Races by Albert Roosenboom, ca 1877 France, private collection
Sold by Christie’s in 1999.