Silk and linen, hand woven and hand sewn in 1735-1749, silver, gold, parchment Engageantes of an 18th century sack back gown ca. 1765. Antonia Roxton wears exquisite sleeve ruffles such as this. AUTUMN DUCHESS
Detail sleeve, robe à la francaise, England (Spitalfield's), 1760s, remodeled 1780s. Ivory ground silk taffeta woven with a narrow self weave stripe, with gently curving flower and leaf meanders in puce, shaded tangerine flowerheads, red berries and sage green foliage, alternating with small sprays of flowers in deep rose pink and ivory. Trimmed with same tufted silks and corded wire loops.
'The Queen of Denmark' doll: c.1760. Wearing a sack dress with matching petticoat of pink and yellow figured Spitalfields silk and pink silk stays. Believed to have been given by an English princess to Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Sampson, Chaplain of the Royal Hospital at Chelsea.