Caraco and petticoat, 1790-1800. Very fine white cotton, embroidered with garlands of vine and grape clusters.

Caraco and petticoat, fine white cotton, embroidered with garlands of vine and grape clusters, From the Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

A stair hall and flying staircase similar like those in Nicholai's home in Philadelphia.

Interior Design - Chapter 5 - American Greek revival, American Empire - Entrance Hall/ Stair Hall, possibly inspired by Charles Shrewsbury House - Madison, Indiana. I love the introduction a sweeping staircase gives an entrance. This is a work of art.

A simple gown in a style favored by Lisette.

Woman's Dress (Open Robe) Light blue taffeta with ivory weft floats, ivory silk satin, ivory silk plain weave ribbon. Woven in Spitalfields, London, England. Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object

An old photo of the interior of the Man Full of Trouble Tavern in Philadelphia, with its cage-top bar, like the one in SPRING FIRES. (A Man Full of Trouble was also a brief setting in TOUCH THE SUN.)

An old photo of the interior of the Man Full of Trouble Tavern in Philadelphia, with its cage-top bar, like the one in SPRING FIRES. (A Man Full of Trouble was also a brief setting in TOUCH THE SUN.

I love this gown! Fashion at the time of Spring Fires:Self-portrait with a Harp by Rose-Adélaïde Ducreux    circa 1791

Self-portrait with a Harp Rose-Adélaïde Ducreux (French, Oil on canvas. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ducreux exhibited this self-portrait at the 1791 Salon. She depicts herself.

In Spring Fires, set in Philadelphia in 1793, Hahn's CoffeeHouse is patterned after Bradford's London Coffee House, which was opened in Philadelphia in 1754.

In Spring Fires, set in Philadelphia in Hahn's CoffeeHouse is patterned after Bradford's London Coffee House, which was opened in Philadelphia in

Lisette travels to London to find Nicholai. She is a guest at the Raveneaus' London home in fashionable Grosvenor Square.

Devon & André Raveneau have a home overlooking Grosvenor Square in London.

If you've wonder what the caged bar at Lisette's CoffeeHouse would have looked like, here is an example from the 250-year-old Indian Head Tavern in Haddonfield, N.J.

If you've wonder what the caged bar at Lisette's CoffeeHouse would have looked like, here is an example from the Indian Head Tavern in Haddonfield, N.

A gown for Caro or Meagan in Spring Fires. Around the time of French Revolution, during the transition period from the Rococo style silk dresses to plain cotton dresses after the Revolution, simple & lovely gowns like this were in vogue. This dress made of light plain silk taffeta has a “compères” style double front bodice. The sole decoration to this dress is black lace trim.  When wearing this dress, a thin “fichu” was placed in the large opening at the top of the bodice.

England - Robe à l'Anglaise - Cream silk taffeta; two-layered "compères" front with buttons; black lace decoration at front bodice and cuffs; wine-colored ribbon lacing at cuffs; fichu at neck

An early scene in Spring Fires features a party at Belle Maison attended by President and Mrs. Washington and also the Binghams. This image is of a levee given by Mrs. Washington, with many of the same guests in attendance.

Daniel Huntington (1816 – 1906)

Lady Washington’s Reception (Republican Court In The Time Of Washington) - Daniel Huntington –

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