Dating to the 19th Century - circa 1870s - this ecru silk crinoline shawl was hand embroidered in Canton, China for the European export market. This fine example was found in France. The shawl is shaped to fit over a bustle at the back, and drapes beautifully. Embroidered as a Canton piano shawl - ecru on ecru embroidery, it is richly embellished with tassels and double fringed edgings. It is in fabulous condition - no damage, and just a couple of tiny pale marks that I can spot (last image). Measured along the top edge, without the fringe , it is 290cms long (115"), from the shoulder to the ends of the front points measures 160cms (63") and at the back, from the shoulder to ends of the fringe measures 110cms (43"). I have also seen this type of mantle used to great effect as a pelmet - this would make a pelmet measuring approximately 290cms long (115") x 110cms deep (43"). Beautiful!
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