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Christening Robe

1800-1850 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Baby's robe, cambric fabric with white cotton embroidery, drawn work, and needlepoint lace. The V-shaped bodice front and short sleeves have floral devices with borders of small squares and medallions containing minute rosettes and diapers. The skirt is decorated with a vertical arrangement of a central band filled with baskets of flowers on diaper grounds, flanked by wavy or interlacing floral stems, with festoons and rosettes below. There is a narrow scalloped edging worked with similar stems. The squares, mdallions, and flowers have openwork centres of lace stitches.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Embroidered cambric
Brief Description
Cambric christening robe, cotton embroidery and needlepoint lace with floral patterns (Ayrshire work?), English, first half of the 19th century
Physical Description
Baby's robe, cambric fabric with white cotton embroidery, drawn work, and needlepoint lace. The V-shaped bodice front and short sleeves have floral devices with borders of small squares and medallions containing minute rosettes and diapers. The skirt is decorated with a vertical arrangement of a central band filled with baskets of flowers on diaper grounds, flanked by wavy or interlacing floral stems, with festoons and rosettes below. There is a narrow scalloped edging worked with similar stems. The squares, mdallions, and flowers have openwork centres of lace stitches.
Dimensions
  • Length: 45.25in
  • With sleeves width: 15in
  • At widest point of skirt width: 22.25in
  • Length: 118cm
Marks and Inscriptions
'Portal' (Marked 'Portal' in ink.)
Credit line
Given by Miss E. Gibbard in accordance with the wish of Miss Portal
Object history
Registered File number 1929/6066
Subjects depicted
Collection
Accession Number
T.96-1929

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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