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A unique feature of this illustration, which may be difficult to see in the digital image, is the use of silver ink which not only shimmers when it catches the light but also accentuates some of the finer details that might otherwise be missed.
Key Elements in Each Panel (Left to Right)
Top - Widowed woman in mourning - Henri III, not in mourning attire, but in a black costume nonetheless - Young lady wearing a wheel farthingale to widen the hips - Widowed woman in mourning attire - Bourgeois lady in mourning attire - Lawyer.
Bottom - Noble lady wearing puffed sleeves, open collar, and a large ruff on top of her wheel farthingale - Upper class woman wearing a skirt and matching detachable sleeves - Bourgeois lady wearing a wide dress with a wheel farthingale and huge puffed sleeves - Young lady dressed down, wearing an apron and lace neck cover.
This 123+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. Light wrinkling. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.
Period Paper has obtained an extraordinary, ultra-rare collection of original color and chromolithographs, which capture a myriad of ancient cultures and costumes from around the world. Virtually unseen individually, and from perhaps the most coveted portfolio of costumes from the 19th century, these historically important elephant folio-sized chromolithographs depict scenes and images venturing from ancient Egypt to classical Rome and Greece. Each illustration was adapted from actual artifacts and archaeological sites to define accurate representations of life during each time period; from the dainty Orient to the tribes of Oceania, there are beautiful illustrations for all, each more unique than the next.
Please note that the full original supporting documents for this original piece, shown in the additional pictures attached to the listing, are included and will be shipped with this original.
The originals offered are from the first edition of RacinetÕs masterwork on costumes of the world. Many have been heightened in gold and silver. The full color chromolithographs are some of the most spectacular we have procured. The duotone chromolithographs are stunning and impeccably preserved. Each piece from the collection is in museum-quality condition.
Keywords specific to this image: historical, attire, trend, period, hairdo, ruff