1730s Lincoln Mantua (The Collection - Lincoln, Lincolnshire UK)

From lincstothepast.com-exhibitions-treasures-18th-century-mantua.

This carefully restored mantua is dated to the 1730s by one Natalie Rothstein based on the fabric. This is a post Louis XIV mantua where the mantua over-skirt is barely visible from the front. The mantua and under-skirt (petticoat) are made of the same material. The lincstothepast notes state, "The Lincoln Mantua consists of a gown and petticoat made from silk. The ground weave is dyed black and is decorated with a white lace pattern, brocaded with large, brightly coloured flowers. The Mantua is a very rare survival, possibly the only example of its style still existing and, although it is known that black was a fashionable colour in the 18th century, very little black fabric has survived from this period because the methods of dying black were destructive to the fibres, particularly silk." The same notes state the lace was not part of the original dress, but is from that era and loaned by Burghley House in Stamford, Lincolnshire where the dress was restored.

Keywords:  British, square neckline, modesty piece, stomacher, revers, elbow length full sleeves, engageantes, lace, vee waistline, mantua, panniers, under-skirt


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