Inside look, robe à la polonaise, late 1770s. Shot mauve/grey silk taffeta, with boned, low pointed back panels, internal skirt loops, sleeves with double tiered embroidered muslin engeants, linen lining.
Kunst-und Fleiss-übende Nadel-Ergötzungen oder neu- erfundenes Neh- und Stick-Buch; The Delights of the Art and Industry of the practising Needle or newly invented Sewing and Embroidery book; Part I
Design for embroidered Stomacher Place of origin: Nuremberg, Germany Date: ca.1725 Artist/Maker: Helm, Margaretha (made) Johann Christoph Weigel (published) Materials and Techniques: Engraving and etching on laid paper Museum number: E.3392-1932 | V&A
'Continuatio der Kunst- und Fleiß-übenden Nadel-Ergötzung oder des neu-ersonnenen Besondern Nehe-Bichs dritter Theil'; 'Continuation of Delights of the Art and Industry of the practising Needle or the newly invented Special Sewing Book'; Part III
Designs for embroidered Stomachers Place of origin: Nuremberg, Germany Date: ca. 1725 Artist/Maker: Helm, Margaretha (made) Johann Christoph Weigel (published) Materials and Techniques: Engraving and etching on laid paper Museum number: E.5091-1905 | V&A
Detail cuffs caraco jacket, c. 1740-50s. Sky blue brocaded silk (probably Spitalfields) with gold and silver leaf scrolls and floral motifs in coloured silk. Winged cuffs, short peplum skirt with two faux pockets.
Cream silk sack-back and petticoat made from a mantua from the late 1730s. The fabric is embroidered with polychrome silks and gold thread in floral and gothic motifs, including architectural buildings and structures. Large peonies sprout from the roof of a ruined abbey flanked by pine trees, dominating a landscape set with three different cottages, cedar trees replete with cones, a Chinoiserie fence, and a pavilion with a flag flying, alternating with a giant flowering creeper
Detail of bodice front of Woman's dress - skirt and bodice, France (made), Hungary, c.1750, Silk. "Rich ornaments of yellow-leafed, red peonies; pink and purple flowers with many petals and silver leaves. The bodice is stiffened by stays and has a low cut; the silk cordon was corseted into the griffin head shaped hooks of the shoulder."
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.
An 18th century embroidered apron and a tamboured panel The circa 1740s apron of cream silk with a finely embroidered floral border, floral sprigs and uncut pocket slits in polychrome silk and metal threads, now mounted on stiff gauze (sd), 60 x 91cm; together with a late 18th century tamboured muslin panel depicting a foliate trellis design enclosing birds, animals and detailed floral studies, such as honeysuckle, pinks, lily-of-the-valley and daffodils, now mounted on purple shot silk