This is a Textile. We acquired it in 1931. Its medium is silk and metal-wrapped silk-core threads and its technique is plain weave with supplementary warp patterning and discontinuous supplementary weft (brocading). It is a part of the Textiles department.
This sumptuous silk shows how skilled 18th-century French weavers were in the production of textiles for the luxury market. With its characteristic rococo patterning, this confection of a dress fabric has its S-curves trimmed with the black-tipped tails of ermine, a fur typically reserved for the coronation robes of royal figures.
Cite this object as
Textile (France); Previously owned by Mrs. Abram S. Hewitt (American, 1830–1912); silk and metal-wrapped silk-core threads; 1931-4-25-a/c