This beautiful colored engraving on laid paper is taken from the famous ‘’Gallerie des Modes et Costumes Francis. 23e Cahier des Costumes Francis, 17e Suite d’habillement à la mode en 1779’’ often considered as the first illustrated fashion magazine distributed in Paris from 1778 to 1787,during the reign of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette.
Its creators,Escaut and Rapilly from Norman origin,were settled in Paris,Rue Saint-Jacques.
This engraving was drawn by Pierre Thomas Le Clerc and engraved by Dupin Le Jeune.
It depicts a young lady with a sumptuous wedding dress like those worn at the Versailles Court at this period.
You can read the description of the dress under the drawing as well as that of the male suit.
This antique engraving is in very good condition,no stains or discoloration.Colors are still vivid.
The pretty golden stuccoed wooden frame hides a little bit the edges of the engraving which may have been cut,but I didn’t unframed it.
You can see some of these engravings in different American or European museums.
Dimensions of the frame : 11,8’’ x 8,6’’ (30 x 21,8cm)
sight : 10,5 x 7,2’’ (26,7 x 18,4cm)
Cardboard at the back (which is about the size of the engraving) : 11’’ x 7,9’’ ( 28 x20cm)
This antique high quality engraving will enchant the 18th century fashion lovers,especially from the Louis XVI style.
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