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Cape

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1895 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Champot, Auguste (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Artificially curled rooster and pheasant feathers stitched to cotton fabric, lined with silk satin

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Mailin

  • Museum number:

    T.84-1968

  • Gallery location:

    Temporary Exhibition, Room 40, case x9

Black cockerel feathers and green pheasant feathers have been used to fashion this dramatic cape of the 1890s. The artificially curled feathers are mounted onto cotton fabric and the whole cape is lined with black silk satin. The cape would have been worn over large leg of mutton sleeves which were popular at this time. These would have further reinforced the winged shoulder of the cape. The general effect of such an outfit, worn with high heels, would have made the wearer cut quite an imposing figure.

Physical description

Elbow length cape with a raised neckline, square cut back and waist-length lappets down the front. Feathers of two species, which have been artificially curled, have been mounted onto cotton fabric. The cape is lined with black silk satin. Hook and eye fastening at the front. Cockerell feathers (Gallus gallus domesticus) edge the entire cape. They are denser at the shoulders giving a wing-like effect. The shorter feathers are pheasant (Phasianus sp.). They could be either Green Pheasant (Phasianus versicolor) or the melanistic form of Common or Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchius).

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

ca. 1895 (made)

Artist/maker

Champot, Auguste (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Artificially curled rooster and pheasant feathers stitched to cotton fabric, lined with silk satin

Marks and inscriptions

'Auguste Champot / 18, Rue de la Michodière, Paris'
Makers label inside the cape, at centre back neck

Dimensions

Height: 500 mm, Width: 760 mm, Depth: 500 mm

Object history note

RF number is 1968/1322.

Descriptive line

Elbow length cape of curled feathers stitched to cotton, made by Auguste Champot, France, ca. 1895

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Kite, Marion, 'Feathers and Baleen, Two Keratin Materials Found in Textile Objects' in Conservation of Leathercraft and Related Objects (ICOM Committee for Conservation: 1993, vol II), pp. 645-650, fig.1
Johnston, Lucy, Marion Kite, Helen Persson, Richard Davis, and Leonie Davis. Nineteenth-century fashion in detail. No. Sirsi) i9781851774401. V & A Publications, 2005 (p. 112).

Materials

Feather; Cotton; Silk; Rooster; Animal part - Gallus gallus domesticus; Pheasant; Animal part - Phasianus sp.

Techniques

Curling; Plain weave; Satin weave; Hand stitching

Categories

Fashion; Images Online; Women's clothes; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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