Dress from "Sarah Polk, First Lady of Style" exhibit; Columbia, TN. The exhibit states "In 1847, she ordered the blue silk "robe de chambre" ("morning gown" from Madame Oudot Manoury, one of the most fashionable couturiers in Paris, France. The "robe de chambre" is like a modern bathrobe, quilted inside for warmth and opening down the front. It was an appropriate "undress" costume for receiving morning visitors. We do not know what she wore underneath (a day dress is suggested here)."
HANDMADE BUSSELS APPLIQUE LACE SHAWL, MID 19th C. Large cotton net triangle lavishly decorated with Point de Gaz and bobbin lace in a pattern of wisteria, hydrangea, lilac and other blossoms amid swags, ribbons and foliage. 104 x 54. (Few very minor breaks and spots) excellent. $1500-2,500.