I will be bidding on a few items with the firm notion of not acquiring them, unless the price is significantly reasonable, nay cheap. There is something amiss with just about every item, from condition to remodeling to just plain tired.
At first glance this painted silk is awesome. Fantastic colors, the orange flowers are particularly striking. But.. oh dear.. the Victorians hacked this poor baby. Price Realized.. Really… 1300
Notice the waistline with the addition of piping at the waist seam. The robings are gone, kaput!
The back shows the biggest hack, with the drawing in of the waist, but the fabric is still pretty amazing.
Another sacque, with trim that really needs to be seen. Price Realized…5000..not kidding
It looks like metallic gauze with bunches of flowers and faux pearls. There is a gown in the collection of Wintertur with similar fake pearls. This trim does look aftermarket but could be the real deal.
A lavishly trimmed petticoat. Tons of that gauze. But does it look right? I am not sure.
The back looks good. No signs of hacking that jump out at you. But the front does look altered.
At first look, not bad. The sleeve flounces are properly trimmed in keeping with the rest of the gown. But the front, ugh. No robings, no trim in place of robings (sometimes that happens), the stomacher looks like an afterthought. Not in keeping with the rest of the gown at all. According to the description, the stomacher has metal stays, not something one sees very often. The condition of the silk is poor. Splits in the silk would require major conservation money. So these two pieces are thumbs down. Will be interested to see how much they go for.