Ladies in mantuas at the Austrian court by ? (location unknown to gogm)


The Lady in the center is wearing a robe à la française, identifiable by the sack in the back, while the Lady behind her is wearing a sack-less equivalent, a mantua. Many of the Ladies have draped streamers that come over their shoulders and down the upper parts of their bodices. The Lady with her back turned has streamers originating just below her bertha. The portrait also shows Ladies changing their position while wearing wide skirts and one Lady can be seen seted in the lower left corner while the back of a chair, pulled out to seat an occupant, about a meter or more away from that Lady can be seen above her head. The coiffures date this to some time before coiffures started to expand in the 1760s.The Lady in the upper right wears an unusual draped necklace that descends from her choker necklace.

Keywords:  Austrian, straight coiffure, off shoulder scoop neckline, modesty piece-bertha, elbow length close sleeves, forward-back flared engageantes, vee waistline, panniers, necklace, girandole earrings, earrings, choker necklace, necklace, draped necklace, jeweled bodice ornament, robe à la française, mantua

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