Lot 31 : A striped satin robe à la Française, circa 1770.
A striped satin robe à la Française, circa 1770. the blue stripes brocaded with leaf scrolls and buds, the broad white stripes with floral sprays, triple engageants, pleated robings to front closure, all trimmed with scalloped, silk fringed braid, matching petticoat and an attached original stomacher panel made from matching silk, similarly trimmed (2) Provenance: via a branch of the family descended from Earl Grey of Howick Hall, Alnwick, Northumberland. The gown would have been made during the time of the 1st Earl Grey (1729 - 1807). A distinguished soldier, he served in both the Seven Years War (1756-1763), which resulted in the defeat of France, the American War of Independence and the French Revolutionary Wars and was subsequently created Viscount Howick and Earl Grey in 1806 in recognition of his distinguished military service. He married Elizabeth Grey of Southwick (1744-1822) in 1762, so it is possible this dress belonged to her. Their eldest son - Charles, 2nd Earl Grey, Statesman and Prime Minister - will forever be associated with the tea which still bears his name, which he had specially blended in China with added Bergamot to offset the taste of the lime in the local Howick water..
Estimate:£2000 - £3000
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