One of the gems of my antique doll clothing collection, I have had this piece for years, as I thought I could never part with something so amazing, so fine a piece of antique doll and textile history! A very rare exhibition piece, this dressing gown is a quarter scale model of a lady's dressing gown, perhaps shown at a World's Fair, or used as a sample. A luxury commodity, this beautiful robe was perhaps sent upon approval to the lucky patroness of the full sized gown on a French Fashion doll to show her the grandure and quality of the fashion house's work. I love the exquisite textile that was used! A cotton-wool blend that has thankfully avoided significant moth damage, this printed paisley is immaculate, perhaps imported from the Orient, or printed in Paris. From the luxurious brown wool trim (a favorite color of the Victorians) to the delicate piping around the sleeves, any Fashion Lady would be overjoyed to see this piece added to her wardrobe! If you have the doll, or are simply interested in having this fabulous gown as a display piece (it's large size is very impressive!) I know it won't be here long.
*Yes! Layaway options are available! Take up to seven months to pay! Give us a call anytime at 718.859.0901 to hear an in hand description of this piece or to speak with Elisa, our clothing department specialist to discuss layaway terms and historical notes.*
Length Front: 19" Length Back: 22.5" with train Shoulder to Shoulder: 8" Sleeve length: 7.5" Cuff Circumference: 3.8" Armhole Circumference: 6.5"
Condition: Overall excellent for its age. It is structurally perfect, in very good condition. The piece was worn and loved by a fashion doll as it has a bit of age fading to the front in certain places more than others (see photos) and a few moth holes. There are also a few rough spots where the fabric has threaded just a touch, but we guarantee that it is structurally sound and you really do have to look for these areas to find them. If I were 130 years old, I would love to be in such excellent shape. **Do you like the mannequin we have displayed this lovely piece on? We are offering her to the buyer as well if interested!**
A quick historical note: Victorian Orientalism was a movement with roots in the Napoleonic Empire, inspired in part by Napoleon's interest in Egypt and "the Orient." Textiles of the "exotic other" (Morocco, Syria, Egypt, and Prussia, to name a few) were in high demand for specialized Victorian collectors in France, most specifically, and somewhat in England. Oriental rugs, blankets, caftans, swords, and other housewares were imported to be used as decoration in the 1840's-60's, with a revival of this taste in the late 1870's-80's when Japonisme was emerging in the houses of artists like Van Gogh and Monet. This piece is of particular interest as it uses a gorgeous (possibly imported) fabric, and is from the revival period (when the train was a very popular feature of a lady's costume.) Where oh where will we ever find another like it!
**We now ship EVERY SINGLE ONE of our antique costume pieces in archival, museum quality, acid free tissue paper. We store them in an acid free, climate controlled environment, because we want you to get a textile that has been frozen in time. As curators of these antiques, we want them to be as fresh for the next generation of students and enthusiasts as they were for us. This is factored into the price of our merchandise. We hope you can enjoy these rare finds for years to come, and we want to make sure that when they reach you, they are ready for careful love and display if you so chose, or to be stored in a destruction-free paper. Happy shopping!**