18th Century Painted Silk Gowns

  • Met 1995.235a, b, robe à la française, British, 1740s
  • Royal Ontario Museum 925.18.1.A, robe à la française with petticoat, made in England of Chinese export fabric, 1745-1750
  • Met C.I.54.70a, b, robe à la française, French, 1750-1775
  • V&A T.593:1 to 5-1999, robe à la française (sack back), made in London from silk woven and painted in Guangdong, China, 1760-1765
  • McCord Museum M973.93.1.1-5, robe à la française (the wedding dress of Mary Chaloner), made of silk woven and painted in China, 1763
  • V&A T.115&A-1953, robe à la française (sack back gown), made in Great Britain from silk painted in China, 1760-1770
  • Christie’s Sale 5577, Lot 9, an open robe, stomacher and petticoat of Chinese painted silk, 1760s with some reworking in the 1770s
  • Maryland Historical Society 1958.3.8, painted silk dress from silk made and painted in China, probably assembled in London, 1770-1780
  • MFA 43.1644a-f, robe à la française (formal dress and petticoat), French, Chinese silk, 1770-1780
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art 1942-33-2, robe à la française (painted silk dress), c. 1770
  • MFA 43.1633a-d, court dress (robe à la française and petticoat), French, Chinese yellow silk taffeta, 1770s
  • Meg Andrews 8674, Chinese painted silk bodice, 1770s; “It is rare to find pieces of dress made from hand painted Chinese silk, so although this piece has changed colour from a lemon to a primrose yellow, the skirt is missing and has been altered, it is nevertheless an interesting piece … Silk bodice hand painted with meandering boughs intertwined with green leafy stems, spiky leaves and small deep pink and puce star like flowers, between small flower and fruit sprigs, all on a primrose yellow silk taffetta ground, the deep scooped neck gathered with cord (not original) and edged with a muslin tape+, the long front opening with linen edging, elbow length sleeves, the back with square neck, three double rows of baleen stifening to the centre back, lined in linen.”
  • Meg Andrews 8658, painted dress silk, 1770s; “These delightful pieces of rare hand painted silk are signed painted by Pheobe Holmes … The ivory silk taffetta hand painted with large ribbon swags in blue green, entwined with a variety of naturalistic flowers including roses, daffodils, primula, morning glory and myrtle, with similar but larger specimens scattered on the ground between the swags.”
  • KCI AC5312 86-8-1AC, robe à la française, pink silk taffeta with painted garlands, France, 1780
  • Met 1976.146a, b, robe à la polonaise, French, 1780
  • Met 1970.87a, b, robe à la polonaise, yellow silk, American, 1780-1785
  • KCI AC313 77-12-28AB, robe à l'anglaise, white hand-painted china silk, 1785
  • KCI AC3837 81-15-2AD, roba à l'anglaise, silk handpainted in China in the 1760s and made into a dress in England c. 1785
  • Manchester 1952.365/2, open gown and petticoat, silk painted in China and exported to Britain, where it was made into a gown by a mantua-maker 1785-1795; shows signs of contemorary alteration and was worn as late as 1806
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art 1897-666, painted textile from a dress, made in China for export to the Western market, c. 1788
  • MFA 50.147, length of painted silk, made in China in the 1790s
  • MFA 43696a and 43.69b, a painted silk carnival hood and bag