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1770-80 PINK SILK BROCADE ROBE A LA FRANCAISE. Sack back open gown of rose pink ribbed silk. This view shows how without adding an additional insert, a lady would be quite exposed, which some did do at this time. See more at http://www.augusta-auction.com/component/auctions/?view=lot=4828_file_id=8

1770-1780 Sack back open gown of rose pink ribbed silk brocaded with scattered multicolored flower sprays and small cream flower sprigs, looped cream silk fringe trim, bodice with pendant self fabric bands to cross-over and pin under arms, center front eyelets forlacing, skirt knife pleated to bodice, interior linen waist tapes and loops for polonaise effect, homespun linen bodice and sleeve linings, hem deeply faced with soft cream China silk.

IVORY BROCADE OPEN GOWN, 1780s. Silk satin with striped extra warp in self color and center overlaid with tiny green and salmon flowers, narrow looped fringe trim, wide, rounded square neckline, fitted and shaped sleeves, center front brass hook & eye closure, skirt front open to reveal petticoat (missing), skirt knife pleated and attached to bodice at sides and back, four linen tapes inside skirt; if tied skirt becomes a polonaise, homespun linen bodice and sleeves lining.