A Romantic dress with a pedigree
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Family tradition holds that this court dress belonged to Marie-Caroline de Bourbon-Siciles, Duchesse de Berry (1798-1870). In excellent condition, it's a feast for the eyes ! Auction by Tessier Sarrou, on September 30.
This court dress may or may not have belonged to the Duchesse de Berry, but was definitely made in around 1828.
It's not absolutely certain, but family tradition holds that this court dress belonged to Marie-Caroline de Bourbon-Siciles, Duchesse de Berry (1798-1870): an attribution corroborated by the high-quality fabric and embroidery work. The garment with its carnation motif was made in around 1828 in three shades of pink silk taffeta in straight stitch, edged with gold and silver thread. It consists of a bodice with a low boat neck and back boning, with small puffed sleeves, a skirt with a large gathered wavy flounce finished in braid highlighted with embroidery, and with a hem embellished by a quilted trim with oblique bands. The outfit, estimated at € 8,000 / 12,000, is completed by a train held at the waist with a matching stitched belt, and is in excellent condition. It is on offer on Wednesday 30 September, room 15 at Drouot with Tessier & Sarrou & Associés (expert: Mr Grassat). Symbolising the passion of Christ, the carnation also represents marriage or a promise of love. Here it is set off by wheat ears, representing wealth and prosperity.
Enticing prospects indeed…