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Encounters with paper conservation: the treatment of a Chinese painted silk dress

At the Sign of the Golden Scissors: Century Painted Silks: Conservation and Research. References, websites, scholarly articles and books on this topic.

Painted silk gown Musee McCord Museum, 1763.

Wedding Gown, Robe a la Francaise. worn by Mary Chaloner in Guiseborough, England/McCord Museum Montreal

1770s_V hand-painted silk; sack-back fabric

Detail fabric, robe à la Francaise (sack back gown), London and China (silk), Cream painted Chinese silk with floral motifs.

1763 Wedding dress. It is one of the few 18th-century silk gowns with a hand-painted floral design to be found in a North American museum. The soft cream silk was handwoven in China, where the floral pattern was handpainted in tones of lavender, blue, yellow, green and brown.

Rare hand-painted floral silk wedding gown worn by Mary Chaloner when she married Colonel John Hale in Image courtesy of McCord Museum.

1770s_Boston Museum of Fine Arts - Chinese painted silk textile; sack back gown, petticoat and compere (buttoned-front flaps style) stomacher

Museum of Fine Arts - Chinese painted silk textile; sack back gown, petticoat and compere (buttoned-front flaps style) stomacher

1770s_V hand-painted silk; sack-back

Sack back gown, London (made of Chinese silk), the Victoria & Albert Museum - This elegant robe and petticoat are fine examples of a woman’s formal daywear in the early In cut, fabric and design they were the height of fashion.

1770s_Boston Museum of Fine Arts - Chinese painted silk ensemble

Formal dress, France (made of Chinese silk), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston “ Louis XVI-style formal dress and petticoat of Chinese white silk with polychrome painted serpentine floral motifs. Robe: round neckline trimmed with pleated ruffle.

1770s_V silk satin hand-painted silk satin fabric

Sack-back gown and petticoat of painted silk, painted in China, made in Great Britain, Museum Number

Detail of gold fabric

Robe à la Polonaise Date: Culture: American Medium: silk Credit Line: Gift of heirs of Emily Kearny Rodgers Cowenhoven, 1970 Accession Number: b

1770s_V silk satin hand-painted silk satin

Great Britain (made) China (woven) - Sack back gown - Painted silk, chenille, hand-sewn


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