Tuesday, 3 November 2015

No.3 New Street - M.Barker Mantua Maker

M.Barker Mantua Maker:
Dated 1783

I have just been reading a post from 'At the Sign of the Golden Shears' blog and came accross this.... Just wow it made me laugh. For anyone who doesn't know, my name is Michelle Barker - hee hee.

Actually, while we're on this subject, I've been wondering about the name of the business - I loved it, loved it, loved it when it first came up but now am doubting, doubting, doubting. Does anyone have any thoughts on the name HandBound Costumes?

Mdm Maisonnet - Liotard - 1755

Portrait Studies

Mdm Maisonnet by Liotard - 1755

We always meant to put up some of the images that just capture the attention when we do our research; really study into them and list what's seen. This particular artist is always cropping up and Jean-Ettiene Liotard had a true ability to capture a certain realness from his sitters.

We've only made a quick list, but it's amazing what can get spotted even from doing something quickly!

Mdm Jean-Louis Maisonnet

- Cap with lappet pinned under chin with what looks like white worked decoration.
- Blue ribbon having a hint of being not just decorational but functional in possibly helping hold the cap on.
- Her sack back has double robings which are very wide robings.
- She looks as if she has a laced front but made from the self fabric as the dress and laced in a method of straight lacing. Don't know what the buttons are - it could be that it's a slightly deceiving view and that the buttons are in fact CF, or that they are a detail or method of holding down what the lacings look to be doing. Hmm....who knows.
- She wears her neck cloth pulled taut over the top of her bodice and then neatly and flatly tucked in to a lower lacing bar.
- Her sleeves are a lot less wide and baggy than other dresses from a similar period and represent the slow shift to a neater, more fitting sack back gown.

- We know it's rather obvious but the colour of her gown is a pale blue.
- She also is wearing her haIr tied back and natural and is not wearing any noticeable make up. We thought in France they are always in rouge!