Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Court gown, 1760s
    French
    Cloth–of–silver brocaded with silver lace trim
    Gift of Fédération de la Soirie, 1950 (50.168.2a,b)

    Western chinoiserie is often a compound of exotic elements, not all indigenous to China. This eighteenth-century dress exhibits such multiple allusions, but they have been assimilated by the technology and aesthetic of Lyonnais manufacture. Palm trees signify the foreign, and the pagoda-inspired follies—Eastern architecture transplanted to the West—are posts with tented swags.

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  • Court gown, 1760s
    French
    Cloth-of-silver brocaded with silver lace trim
    Gift of Fédération de la Soirie, 1950 (50.168.2a,b)

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