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1888 Chromolithograph Nobility Dress Uniform Solider France 16th Century LCH3
1888 Chromolithograph Nobility Dress Uniform Solider France 16th Century LCH3
1888 Chromolithograph Nobility Dress Uniform Solider France 16th Century LCH3

1888 Chromolithograph Nobility Dress Uniform Solider France 16th Century LCH3

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This is a rare original 1888 color chromolithograph which offers a few examples of clothing in 16th century France on the battlefield and among the female nobility. As the Renaissance progressed in Italy, fashions in France had staled, becoming no more than imitations of the Italian trends. The arrival of Catherine de' Medici as future queen consort to King Henry II of France provided an infusion of creative zest, as she not only brought the latest styles with her from Italy, she made them her own and enables others to do the same.

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 - Baker, filling a role as a pikeman - Musketeer - Infantry captain - Miller boy, also filling a role as a pikeman.

Bottom - Catherine de'Medici in an elegant A-line dress - Marie Touchet wearing town clothes - Renée du Vieux-Châteauneuf in a cinched dress with puffed shoulders - The Duchess of Etampes.


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.

  • Product Type: Original Chromolithograph; Color
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 10 x 13.5 inches; 25 x 34 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

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, necklace, royalty, hat, clothing, garment, garb, ruff