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Mantua

Mantua

  • Place of origin:

    England, Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1720 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver brocaded silk, lined and faced with silk

  • Museum number:

    T.88 to C-1978

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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By the early 18th century, the mantua was worn by women as formal day wear. The pale blue silk of this example is brocaded in silver in a large-scale pattern of fantastic fruits and leaves, a typical design for the 1720s. The train of the gown is folded up and the sides held back with a loop and button. This complicated draping required a reversal of the silk when sewn together, so that only the right side of the fabric would show when properly arranged.

Physical description

Mantua of blue silk brocaded with silver thread with three fragments of the same silk. It has double robings moving straight from back pleats and sleeves with turned back cuffs. There is a wound, silver button at the centre back hip. One silver cord loop remains on the right, but is detached and missing on the left. The could attach at hip level; two possible levels of attachment are visible.

The sleeves are lined with white silk and the bodice is half lined with the same silk. The centre back pleats are held by transverse bands of the brocaded silk. The fronts are faced in pink silk. There are two very large, round, heavy lead weights in each sleeve; one is covered in white silk and one with pink silk which matches the front facing.
[Mantua] Mantua fragment of the same silk, presumably from the petticoat. This fragment may be a portion of a panel with a gathered frill at hip level.
[Mantua] Mantua fragment of the same silk, presumably from the petticoat.
[Mantua] Mantua fragment of the same silk, presumably from the petticoat.

Place of Origin

England, Great Britain (made)

Date

ca. 1720 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Silver brocaded silk, lined and faced with silk

Descriptive line

Mantua of brocaded silk with three silk fragments, England, ca. 1720

Categories

Fashion; Women's clothes

Collection code

T&F

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