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Dress

Date:
ca. 1856
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk, cotton
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Frederick van Beuren Joy, in memory of Mrs. Jacob Harsen Halsted, 1983
Accession Number:
1983.479.6b–d
Not on view
In the nineteenth century, the marked increase in the cultivation of varieties of roses coincided with the possibilities of accurate woven representations of botanicals. This dress from the middle years of the century uses a technically sophisticated representation of floral clusters. It is a chiné or warp-weave, challenging the impulse to naturalism with a technique prone to blurred image. Nonetheless, it is a triumph of simulation, including shading that gives the illusion of three-dimensionality to the flowers.
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