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Pierrots & Pierrettes Fin de Siécle

  • Object:

    Fashion plate

  • Place of origin:

    France (published)

  • Date:

    c.1890s (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    C., B. (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    hand-coloured lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the House of Worth

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 96, shelf D, box 17

Physical description

A family of four shown at a party, all dressed in black and white Pierrot and Pierrette costumes. From left to right, a young girl in a black dress, ruff, cap and stockings, with white pierrot figures appliqued to the dress skirt; a young boy in traditional Pierrot tunic and trousers with pompons, a man in a black satin evening suit with knee breeches, his face painted white and wearing a black satin cap and white pompons as shirt studs, and a woman in a female version of the man's coat and shirt, with a large ruff and a white skirt trimmed with draping and white pompons rather than knee breeches.

Place of Origin

France (published)


c.1890s (published)


C., B. (designer)

Materials and Techniques

hand-coloured lithograph

Object history note

This print is part of a very large collection of reference material including fashion plates, engravings, original drawings and illustrations that were collected by the fashion design house of Paquin at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries. Many bear the stamp of Paquin's archivist at the time. They were acquired by the V&A in 1957 when, following the closure of the combined houses of Paquin and Worth, the Worth/Paquin archives and design books were donated to the Museum.

Descriptive line

Pierrots et Pierrettes. A family dressed as Pierrots and Pierrettes, shown at a fancy dress ball. Signed B.C. Fashion plate from Le Coquet, Paris, c.1890.

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1957-1958 London: HMSO, 1964


Lithographic ink; Watercolour




Fancy-dress; Fashion; Women's clothes; Men's clothes; Children's clothes; Children & Childhood; Hats & headwear; Interiors; Europeana Fashion Project


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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