This fashion plate has a lot going for it. It is of the desirable variety where a beautiful engraving was enhanced with actual fabric for skirts, ribbons and on this occasion also with applied jewellery and floral accents. As well as the lovely background, the ladies themselves are both wearing intricate bustle gowns – one decorated with braid and lace and the other with lace and velvet bows. They have applied earrings and decoration on their hats. One lady is wearing a parasol. Their dresses are in shades of cream, turquoise, brown and a multi-coloured bustle. The whole effect is charming. It was a special method of demonstrating the current vogue and they were then displayed in a glazed shadow box. The other feature of this item is the fact that it is a fashion plate by one of the most renowned artists of this genre, Anaïs Toudouze, c1870. This plate is also marked ‘Leroy imp Paris’. It is in its original glazed shadow box which has an edging of mirror. The actual plate is in excellent condition for age. The frame and mirror have some damage of some of the corners (see photo) but it is quite special for it to still be present. The back of the shadow box has been somewhat crudely sealed with orange adhesive tape, but this is obviously not visible when it is hung on a wall. This therefore ticks all the boxes for a fashion plate, being by such an important fashion engraver, having the addition of the original fabric gowns and being housed in an original shadow box. Height approximately 14.75 ins (37.5cm) x width approximately 11.5 ins (29.2cm). Weight 1202 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 57.
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