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  • Place of origin:

    Guangdong (textile, weaving)
    United States (gown, sewing)

  • Date:

    1710 - 1720 (weaving)
    1775 - 1780 (sewing)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk damask, lined in linen and boned

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A woman's gown of pale blue silk damask woven in a design of large leaves, pomegranates, peonies and chrysanthemum, with three repeats in the width of silk. The gown is in the English (tight-back) style, open at the front with elbow-length sleeves, shaped at the elbow. The bodice fronts meet in the centre. The back pleats are stitched down and extend from shoulder to hem. The bodice and sleeves are lined with bleached pieced linen. The centre-back panel and sides & fronts were lined separately, then stitched together. The centre back seam is boned on either side. The gown is made of 3 widths of silk and one partial width at each side, tightly gathered into the waistseam at the back of the gown. The side edges and hem are faced with piece blue silk taffeta.

Place of Origin

Guangdong (textile, weaving)
United States (gown, sewing)


1710 - 1720 (weaving)
1775 - 1780 (sewing)



Materials and Techniques

Silk damask, lined in linen and boned


Weight: 0.76 kg, Length: 158.0 cm shoulder to hem at centre back approx, Circumference: 78.5 cm bust under armholes approx, Width: 74.0 cm silk, selvedge to selvedge

Object history note

The gown was purchased from Miss Philippa Grierson, who reported that it belonged to her ancestor, Katherine Grierson (1736-1778), wife of James Grierson of Larbeck. They emigrated to Augusta, Georgia where she died.

Descriptive line

A woman's gown, 1775-80, USA; Pale blue silk damask, Chinese export, 1710-20


Silk (textile); Linen (material); Silk thread; Linen thread; Whalebone


Hand weaving; Damask weave; Hand sewing


Women's clothes; Textiles


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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