Artist's Stencil Set (England) c. 1780. Fitted out for stenciling and containing purpose made brushes, powder and hard pigments, ivory palette and numerous finely cut brass stencils. One stencil suggests that this set was made for a Miss Bland. Most of the stencils are annotated with their price, ranging between 1 and 5 shillings; one example is priced at 9 shillings! In 1780 a labouring man would earn between 1 2 shillings for a days work.
1870 ~ pink and white silk stripe Paris ball gown. I LOVE how the stripes were matched up so masterfully. Short puffed sleeves. Lace ruffled scoop neck. Full skirt has a lace-trimmed ruffled peplum on the back of the gown.
Side view: Polonaise, Spain, 1775-1785, Salmon silk & fabric decoration with applied green silk taffeta. 5 covered cylindrical buttons at the wrist. The seams are covered by a braided cord that ends at the waist loop and tassel trimmings. Known internationally as "the polonaise", in Spain was known as "Polish". Popular during the reign of Carlos III. Spanish identity of this polonaise is in the decorative elements, such as draping shoulder pads that cover the shoulder seams. (c) Museo del…
Portrait Madame Lenoir, 1764, Joseph Duplessis Siffred (Paris, Musée du Louvre). The lady represented is the mother of Alexandre Lenoir, founder of the Museum of French Monuments. The artist pays great attention to the rendering of materials such as satin blue dress trimmed with large white knots or marbled paper book.
Clothes brush (?), Russian (made) France, 18thC, steel, gilt bronze, wood. With three compartments, two containing small rectangular steel boxes, another holding (?). More information gratefully received! | Centre de documentation des musées - Les Arts Décoratifs