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Japanese woodblock fashion prints from 1887, because I know how much you guys love this stuff.

(Source: mademoiselle-iona)

Dress, ca 1880’s
The lot contains a number of items, mostly from the 1890’s.
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Dress, ca 1880’s

The lot contains a number of items, mostly from the 1890’s.

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Lot containing mainly black clothing dating from 1900, including a good cutwork and embroidered felted wool jacket; beaded capelet, two dresses, plush jacket with frogging (ca 1880’s) and two bonnets (1890’s)
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Lot containing mainly black clothing dating from 1900, including a good cutwork and embroidered felted wool jacket; beaded capelet, two dresses, plush jacket with frogging (ca 1880’s) and two bonnets (1890’s)

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Girl’s 18th century-style fancy dress, 1880’s (the striped silk is from the 1770’s)
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Girl’s 18th century-style fancy dress, 1880’s (the striped silk is from the 1770’s)

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The Pathetic Song by Thomas Eakins, ca 1881 US, private collection
This study photo is kept in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  You can see the painting on the right.

The Pathetic Song by Thomas Eakins, ca 1881 US, private collection

This study photo is kept in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  You can see the painting on the right.

Portia by Sir John Everett Millais, 1886 England, the Met Museum

Millais is best known as one of the artists who founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848. As a result of what have been called his “concessions to the sweetness of Victorian taste,” he was made as associate of the Royal Academy in 1853. By the time he painted “Portia,” there was hardly a trace of the Pre-Raphaelite style in his work. Instead, he worked in an academic-realist manner and concentrated on the kinds of saccharine subjects that are now synonymous with Victorian painting.This picture was long incorrectly identified as a portrait of the actress Ellen Terry (1847–1928) in one of her most famous roles, Portia in Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice.” In fact, it shows actress Kate Dolan dressed in the costume that Miss Terry wore in Act IV of the play. When the picture was exhibited at McLean’s Gallery, London, in 1886, Shylock’s line describing Portia was quoted in the catalogue: “A Daniel come to judgement! Yea, a Daniel!”X-rays and pentimenti indicate that “Portia” is painted over a study of the same figure in Greek costume. An early photograph documenting the original image was published in 1899.

Portia by Sir John Everett Millais, 1886 England, the Met Museum

Millais is best known as one of the artists who founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848. As a result of what have been called his “concessions to the sweetness of Victorian taste,” he was made as associate of the Royal Academy in 1853. By the time he painted “Portia,” there was hardly a trace of the Pre-Raphaelite style in his work. Instead, he worked in an academic-realist manner and concentrated on the kinds of saccharine subjects that are now synonymous with Victorian painting.

This picture was long incorrectly identified as a portrait of the actress Ellen Terry (1847–1928) in one of her most famous roles, Portia in Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice.” In fact, it shows actress Kate Dolan dressed in the costume that Miss Terry wore in Act IV of the play. When the picture was exhibited at McLean’s Gallery, London, in 1886, Shylock’s line describing Portia was quoted in the catalogue: “A Daniel come to judgement! Yea, a Daniel!”

X-rays and pentimenti indicate that “Portia” is painted over a study of the same figure in Greek costume. An early photograph documenting the original image was published in 1899.

Photo of Lillie Langtry, ca 1882
Fair Critics by Charles Courtney Curran, 1887 US, private collection

Fair Critics by Charles Courtney Curran, 1887 US, private collection

(Source: the-athenaeum.org)

Ladies’ costume with zig-zagged ribbon trim, Oct 1885 US, The Delineator

Ladies’ costume with zig-zagged ribbon trim, Oct 1885 US, The Delineator

House dress, Sep 1880 US, The Delineator
Home toilette, Sep 1880 US, The Delineator

The engraving illustrates a toilette made of cashmere and striped satin and trimmed with the same and Languedoc lace.  It is arranged to present the effect of an over-garment with a long train worn over a short costume, and the result is very charming.  The front, at its closing edges, extends only a short distance below the waist.  It is cut back to the first dart, and then rounds downward and backward in a regular court-train outline, to meet the back-skirt, which extends in an oval train.  Besides the two bust darts at each side, there is also another dart under the arm, the three shaping the front snugly to the figure.  The back is adjusted by side-backs and central-portions, the seam of the latter terminating quite low down in the skirt in an under box-plait.  The cutaway portions of the front expose a front-gore and two side-gores, overlaid for two-thirds of their depth with striped satin.  The bottom of the latter is cut in deep points, which are lined and fall over a pretty decoration composed of a kilt-flounce, one wide and two narrow knife-plaitings, all of cashmere.  From the top of this decoration the edges of the front are decorated with a double frill or scanty ruching of lace, which is also carried about the neck below a ruching of lisse.  A narrow plaiting of the cashmere commences at the lower terminations of the lace and then extends about the train, forming its own decoration.  The sleeve is in coat shape, and is finished at the wrist with a cuff of the striped goods and a frill of lace.

Home toilette, Sep 1880 US, The Delineator

The engraving illustrates a toilette made of cashmere and striped satin and trimmed with the same and Languedoc lace.  It is arranged to present the effect of an over-garment with a long train worn over a short costume, and the result is very charming.  The front, at its closing edges, extends only a short distance below the waist.  It is cut back to the first dart, and then rounds downward and backward in a regular court-train outline, to meet the back-skirt, which extends in an oval train.  Besides the two bust darts at each side, there is also another dart under the arm, the three shaping the front snugly to the figure.  The back is adjusted by side-backs and central-portions, the seam of the latter terminating quite low down in the skirt in an under box-plait.  The cutaway portions of the front expose a front-gore and two side-gores, overlaid for two-thirds of their depth with striped satin.  The bottom of the latter is cut in deep points, which are lined and fall over a pretty decoration composed of a kilt-flounce, one wide and two narrow knife-plaitings, all of cashmere.  From the top of this decoration the edges of the front are decorated with a double frill or scanty ruching of lace, which is also carried about the neck below a ruching of lisse.  A narrow plaiting of the cashmere commences at the lower terminations of the lace and then extends about the train, forming its own decoration.  The sleeve is in coat shape, and is finished at the wrist with a cuff of the striped goods and a frill of lace.

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