Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Regency Era Yellow Bodice

From the seller:

BE SURE TO SCROLL DOWN FOR ALL THE PHOTOS This auction is for an exquisite early 18th C 1820 - 1825 Regency period bodice. It is made of luxurious pale yellow silk satin brocade fabric that is in very good very sound condition. Because of the extensive detailing and embellished it definitely is the upper part of a ballgown. There is no evidence on the waistline that would cause me to think anything except that is was Not from a one piece dress but a bodice all by itself that would accomdate a skirt. Of course, completely meticulously hand stitched, it is lined with very soft cotton most likely what was then called muslin (different than what today we think of muslin) while the waistband is lined with a slightly heavier weight twill possibly with a silk content - it is soft but not like the overall lining. I am not extremely familiar with the weaving of fabrics from the earlier periods. However, I do know that satin was the finest silk one could wear during this period and earlier. The detailing is stunning, 3/4" wide V tucks with solid pale yellow satin trimming , armycyses and cuffs of the wonderfully puffed sleeves are piped. The points are created with intricately folded satin. The 3" long oval petal like pieces are individually added holding just underneath the piping along the neckline. Back hidden hook and eye closure. Approx measurements are 13" underarm to underarm, 11" mid shoulder to hem. There is some minimal age spots that are not as severe as my photos are showing. In extremely good, quite sound and overall very clean crisp condition. A superb example of this early time period; a glorious addition to any serious collection. I also will be listing a few earlier garments including lingerie and lace in the next few weeks as I am starting to liquidate part of my collection. Happy Bidding!

From Me:

Dearest Seller,

18th Century does not equal 1800's. I'm curious, what century do you think you live in? What year do you think it is? Maths iz hard! /snarky bit

Despite that, the seller is correct on the probably early 1820's date. The lining looks like linen to me in the photos but it could be a coarse cotton as well. This is truly an amazing piece.

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