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Very beautiful so-called "Robe á l'Anglaise" made from Spitalfields silk, ca. 1770. Spitalfields is a weaving village near London, England, which produced a certain kind of silk. It was of extremely high quality and could certainly compete with French silk on the world market. This dress is made of such silk. Floral motif.
The dress consists of a petticoat/skirt and a "manteau", a throw-on dress made of said silk. The petticoat/skirt is stitched in a beautiful pattern. Lined and kept in the color pink. Moderately well preserved/fair condition. It has stains, abrasions around the hips, small holes, discolorations. It is a miracle he is still with the dress anyway.
The throw-over dress has a top and a skirt part, which are joined together. Front lacing of the top. Half-length sleeves. Sleeve ends and neckline are decorated with pleated silk. Two buttons decorate the back part of the dress. Small train. Two side slits in the dress, which were intended for the inside pockets. Beautifully pleated back part of the dress. Well preserved. A few tiny holes. One discoloration/spot on the front right. All in all a very nice and authentic appearance. One of the few dresses from this epoch that are currently offered worldwide. The decoration is not included.