• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 5318

    Fine Costume & Textiles: The Collector's Sale

    4 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 126

    A PURPLE SILK DRESS, EARLY 1870S

    Price Realised  

    A PURPLE SILK DRESS, EARLY 1870S
    trimmed with deeper purple velvet to the wide cuffs and bodice and with delicate silk fringeing, the wide flounced skirts with elaborate full bustle held in place by internal supports


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    The aniline dyes available from 1857 allowed for previously impossible shads of vivid purples, exemplified by this elaborate and eye-catching example of fashionable dress. The changeover from the enormous round skirts of the 1860s to the more structured shapes of the 1870s is captured perfectly here.

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.