The Met says: An example of a form of underpinning that combined the petticoat and corset cover into one piece, this example of Belle Époque underwear shows the typical lavishly sewn details common during this period, even for so-called unmentionables. The placement of the lace insertions and the tucked panels is visually pleasing and the level of skilled hand work required is evidenced in the delicate hemstitching used to join the piece. The Belle Époque period, which lasted from the late nineteenth century to World War I, saw great detail in garment decoration, and as this slip exhibits, in the undergarments as well.
'A gold ring, circa 1820, the decorative scalloped shank terminating in an oval head set with an array of gemstones. The stones symbolise the qualities of the different planets, reflecting the keen interest in astrology and planetary influences at the time, when certain gems were perceived to have positive astrological effects. The stones utilised are : sapphire - Saturn, rock crystal - Venus, agate - Mars, quartz cat's eye - spiritualism and intuition, spinel - Saturn, brown zircon - Jupiter, amethyst - Saturn, green zircon - Mercury, garnet - North Node, chrysoberyl - spiritualism and intuition, pearl - moon, ruby - sun.The ring is size L [US 5 and 1/2] and can be sized, and the gem-set head measures 3/4 of an inch by 1/2 an inch. A fascinating Georgian planetary ring.'
A pair of Regency gold and multi gem set ‘Dearest’ and ‘Regard’ locket earrings, circa 1830, one heart shaped drop set with diamond, emerald, amethyst, ruby, emerald sapphire and topaz spelling ‘Dearest’, the other with ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst, ruby and diamond spelling ‘Regard’ in gold foliate chased surmounts, both drops opening to reveal glazed compartments and the inner covers enamelled with Cupid holding a heart in one, and an arrow in the other, with turquoise set gold foliate chased backs, suspended by chain link connections from turquoise and half pearl cluster tops, 4.3cm long overall
Last post on fans I promise!
Here is another one from my collection compared to one in a museum.
The top fan is owned by the Met and the bottom fan is the one I own.
Their date is c. 1820-40 which corresponds with the letter that came with my fan.
Unfortunately I can’t figure out where I put the letters. I remember at the time I was moving and thought ‘I will put this letter here where it will be safe and I’ll never loose them because I would rather loose my hand than give this box up’. At least I know they are in my flat somewhere.
The bottom is a terrible photo and I apologize! I took it as a security precaution incase the movers got lost on their way to my flat. I can assure you that the back of the Met’s fan corresponds with the exact decoration on the back of my fan.
Seriously? This fan just popped up on my pinterest dashboard and I thought hold up! That looks familiar?
That’s because mine is practically identical (keeping in mind that there are some decorative variations to the paintings). Edit: Second thought not exactly identical but there are enough similarities to make me happy.
The top photo belong to the Fitzwilliam Museum and the second photo is the one in my collection.
The museum has the object listed as: “Chinese feather brisé fan. Goose (?) feather fan with ivory sticks and guards. The front is painted with blue peonies and pheasants, the reverse, less detailed blue peonies (?). The tops of the lower sticks (gorge) and guards are decorated with a gilt relief. Metal rivet (?).”
My favorite part is their date: circa 1815 to 1825
Calling all followers! I recently bought this fan and I fully confess that I am rubbish when it comes to placing a date on some objects, fans being one of the majors ones.
There was some discussion on my facebook but I thought since I have such a large range of readers perhaps someone here could assist me?
Here was the details that came with the object and please note my observations are in italics:
'This very, very pretty fan is thought to date from circa 1890 and is possibly French in origin.
(Lyze adds that this bit made me smile since it’s keeping with the thought that if it’s beautiful obviously it must be French :P)
It has a gauze ground decorated with many tiny sequins in gold, ruby and green, all hand sewn. (The spangles are metal and come in various shapes and sizes).
The design is very Regency in style with intertwined leaves, floral swags and 2 sparkling butterflies or dragonflies.
(I want to mention that the name of the fan is now Libellule).
The gauze is attached to blonde horn,or tortoiseshell or celluloid ( sorry I don’t know which) sticks which are inlaid with metal stars and rounds.
(I am 99.9% sure that it is not celluloid. It doesn’t feel like celluloid, it has a different weight from the other fans I own that are made of that material. It feels hm I’m not sure if I am describing this correctly but it feels slightly heavy and it’s cool to the touch. I have the urge to put my Edwardian kid gloves I use for dancing on and see what it feels like in a gloved hand.)
It has a brass carrying loop.’
The ladies déshabillé theme won by a landslide! I would also like to announce that I have changed the time period to cover the Victorians through the 20s and I may throw in a 30s piece just for fun.
French Underwear, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1916
For the next theme post would you rather see Victorian-Edwardian ladies déshabillé or clothing in La couleur noire?
Just once I want to turn on the news and hear this!! It’s cold, rainy, I have a fitting, and even though Sherlock has made me wary of taxis I will be taking one from the station to uni.
This portrait was brought to my attention yesterday and although I don’t see the resemblance, the thought of looking anything like this lovely lady is so flattering!
Rembrandt Peale (American painter, 1778-1860) Rosalba Peale 1820