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1730s British Woman's waistcoat at the Glasgow Museums, Glasgow - From the curators' comments: "This informal lady’s waistcoat would have been worn informally with a quilted petticoat and gown, or underneath a dress as additional layer for warmth...[Many] are made using un-dyed linen quilted using a cream or light yellow thread. This item is more flamboyantly decorated with medallions, Staffordshire knots and quatrefoils worked in silk and wool threads."

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1750-75 Corset

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Massive fur muff with an 18th century cape via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Marie-Antoinette by lilidebretagne, via Flickr

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Fashion 18th Century ball gown dress and spectacular hat ensemble costume circa from 1762- 1767. Made of very thin silk taffeta with very fine stripes of red, blue and white, which, seen from afar, give the impression of mauve. A white leaf pattern is woven into the fabric and as well as floral sprays in various colours. Fabric folds below the shoulders from which it fell to the ground and ended in a short train, matching stomacher, skirt, petticoat decorated in ribbon, trim and delicate…

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Evening DressJean-Philippe Worth, 1902The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Court Suit, 1770-1785, French, silk, velvet, satin, cotton. Purple velvet coat and breeches, lavishly embroidered with naturalistic flowers; white satin waistcoat, similarly embroidered. Belonging to Sir John Stanley of Alderley Bt. Gentleman of the Privy Chamber to George III.

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Japanese Hiragana characters, archaic style

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Jane, Countess of Harrington, wife of Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl of Harrington, by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1778. Henry E. Huntington Art Gallery, San Marino, CA, USA

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Les appartements de Madame de Pompadour. The apartments of Madame Pompadour (aka Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, aka Marquise de Pompadour). She was a member of the French court and was the official chief mistress of Louis XV from 1745 to her death (birth December 29, 1721 death April 15, 1764)

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Antonio Canova, Cupid and Psyche, 1786-93.

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Marie Antoinette in her chamber in Versailles, 1777 by Jacques-Fabien Gautier d'Agoty

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A look at Manhattan’s first apartment building

The first apartment building in NYC. In 1870, a developer named Rutherford Stuyvesant tried something new with his Stuyvesant Flats at 142 East 18th Street, near Third Avenue

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Vintage 1695, Map of NYC, www.RevWill.com

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Monogram of Catherine II the Great of Russia, 1770s-1780s; Hermitage Museum.

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Marie-Antoinette's fan c.1720-30

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The sensual Princess de Micomicon by Charles Joseph Natoire, 1735-1744

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The Nymph by Watteau.

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Diana and Actaeon by 18th century artist, Jean Francois de Troy. The theme of Diana and Actaeon has been treated several times by de Troy but in this one he features Diana bathing with five voluptuous nymphs in a cave in diaphanous light, Actaeon, dimly lighted, arises from the left; two dogs complete the composition.

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The Alarm; La Gouvernante Fidèle, 1723 by Jean François de Troy depicts two lovers having a secret rendezvous set in a romantic garden. A maid has just arrived, warning them of the lady's husband, who approaches. Everything about this painting is dramatic and erotically charged, the colors lush, the scene risque. Look at the way the man is leaning in, still willing to risk being caught just so he can fulfill his desires.

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Chatelaine is French for “mistress of the castle” In the 18th and 19th centuries, women in charge of their estates wore a decorative clip of long chains holding important household items about the waist. These items were things like the key to a pantry where valuable tea, spices and food were kept; a small notebook; sewing items; a magnifying glass; or maybe a watch, nail file, or compass. The earlier waist-hung items were referred to as “equipage”, later evolving to “chatelaine” in the…

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Marie Antoinette with her children Princess Marie Therese Charlotte of France and Dauphin Louis Joseph of France, by Adolf Ulrik Wertmuller, 1785. The queen strolls trough the gardens at her beloved Petite Trianon clutching the wrist of the four year old dauphin.

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1765 Robe a la Francaise

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