Here's a perfect accent for any Victorian room - a set of fashion plates that beautifully illustrate the styles worn when Queen Victoria was a new bride in her early twenties. They were published in one of the monthly magazines eagerly awaited by chic women all over the world. We acquired the pair, tagged circa 1842, at a Suffolk auction room.
The left-facing model wears a demure evening gown that makes a feature of her shoulders with a dramatic large collar. Its bodice is long and pointed bodice, miles of ruffled trim adorn the bell-shaped skirt and fabric roses appear on the bosom and peek from the depths of the split puffed sleeves. The right-facing model in the illustration titled "Walking Dress" wears a frock decorated with braid and buttoned sleeves, which is covered by a stunning cape made of panels laced together with heavy tasseled cords.
These images are so well detailed we can even study the accessories. Twin bracelets appear by evening and so-called "engageantes" by day. The latter were detachable lacy collars and false undersleeves that were kept freshly laundered and intended to convey refinement. The daytime look also includes a delicate whitework handkerchief and a whimsical bonnet with ribbons, ruffles and roses. In good condition for their age, these prints are highly collectible. We treated them to new ornate giltwood frames around wide suede-like mats. Framed size is an impressive 16" by 13" and the visible image area is about 6 1/4" by 3 3/4". Glazing is standard, since we feel non-glare glass kills colors.
Our price for the pair represents exceptional value. You'd have to pay about as much as this (or more) just for the high-quality mats and frames. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!