Lot 141 : A fine and rare Liberty Aesthetic Movement copper satin tea gown, circa 1897.
A fine and rare Liberty Aesthetic Movement copper satin tea gown, circa 1897. the waist stay stamped in gold 'Liberty & Co Ltd Artistic and Historic Costume Studio', in pseudo medieval style, the satin over-robe with pleated Watteau back and trained skirt, richly embroidered shaped collar, front robings, V-shaped waist belt, detached over-sleeves and closure buttons, worked in copper toned silk cord, studded with facetted amber coloured beads, with tightly gathered ivory chiffon front insert and flounced, gathered sleeves with fitted, beaded chemical lace lower sleeves, yoke and separate detachable choker collar; the inner dress of coral silk with boning at the back bodice only and gathered elasticated tapes over the breasts for comfort, bust approx 81cm, 32in In 1884 Liberty's opened a dress department under the guidance of the designer E. W. Godwin. He was a member of the Aesthetic Movement, which favoured 'artistic' dress for women based on classical, medieval, Pre-Raphaelite and Renaissance clothing. .
Estimate:£800 - £1200
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