#2764 $1,950French tape lace coat, c.1905
This stylish coat came from a New England estate along with other couture items from the same period. The original owner, a wealthy American, probably made the grand tour in Europe, shopping at the finest Paris couture houses.
With the original chiffon ruffles, this plush coat is a special find for the collector who appreciates unaltered design. In 1905 silk chiffon was the new hot fabric, more sheer and delicate than the chiffon we have today.
As a result, this fine chiffon often did not hold up well. Luckily, the chiffon ruffles are remarkably well preserved. The coat is lined with ivory taffeta and has a wired stand-up collar. Below the lapels is one center-front hook. The label was removed.
Tape lace is the ideal medium for the crisp, clean beauty of the charming tape lace motifs, which are intricate, bold, and texturally exciting. Zoom in on the semi-abstract floral design to appreciate its beauty.
When viewed from the ideal distance of 6'-8', the repetitive but varying forms of tape lace exert a mesmerizing fascination when executed with the artistry seen here.
The condition is almost excellent. There are are several splits in the lining, which is stable and not shattering. I would not touch the lining.
It measures: 44" bust and waist, 52" hip, 24" sleeve length, and 45" from shoulder the hem.