• Fashion Through the Ages auction at Christies

    Sale 5945

    Fashion Through the Ages

    3 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 15

    A ROBE VOLANTE OF ICE BLUE SILK DAMASK

    FRANCE, 1730S

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    A ROBE VOLANTE OF ICE BLUE SILK DAMASK
    FRANCE, 1730s
    the lace-pattern damask woven with flowers and foliage among lace ribbons, with three-tiered cuffs, closed from the waist, lined with blue silk, with deep pleats from the shoulders and from the nape of the neck


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    The Robe Volante was a French fashion of the early 18th century, much beloved by painters and ladies alike for the ability to show off the large patterned silks of the 1720s and 1730s.

    Compare Victoria & Albert Museum Number T.87-1920, illustrated in Patterns of Fashion, Janet Arnold, Volume 1, p.34 & 35, for a similar robe with larger cuffs dated to 1745-50,

    Compare Modes en Mirroir, Musée Galliera, Paris, page 112, Figure 5 for a similar robe.

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