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Object Number 1983.001.0005
Object Name Robe
Date 1725-1799
Culture English, attributed
Description Probably Turkey, city of Bursa, eighteenth century. Medium blue silk damask woven with flowers and vines, A line, pendant sleeves, couched gold trim and silks as flowers in C scroll, self covered buttons.

Original catalog card: 18th C., Robe (altar robe for statue?), teal blue self brocaded with flowers and vine. Wide A line robe with full length hanging sleeves, open front embroidered in couched gold thread and flat gold, peach and yellow silks as flowers in symmetrical C-scroll pattern, self covered buttons with embroidered flowers.

Europeans did not want to adopt Turkish garments in their everyday lives, but many women were fond of being dressed a la Turque in portraits. Although Europeans feared the advances of Turks on the continent throughout the eighteenth century, they also were fascinated by thei culture, its architecture, costumes and more. Many eastern styles were popular and Turquerie was joined by Chinoiserie, which lumped many Far Eastern cultures under one name. Although orientalism and eclecticism are present in the eighteenth century, they became stronger design influences in the nineteenth century.
Material Silk damask/Gold
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Lexicon sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Credit line Silverman/Rodgers Collection
Exhibit History-Exhibit # 142