Exquisite Antique French Convent-embroidered Fine Lawn Wedding Skirt


Exquisite Antique French Convent-embroidered Fine Lawn Wedding Skirt

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Exquisite Antique French Convent-embroidered Fine Lawn Wedding Skirt:
$280


Exquisite antique French convent-embroidered fine lawn wedding skirt


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I have just returned from my most recent buying trip to France! Once again I managed to truffle out some delightful items for you to browse through, and I will be listing these as I retrieve them from their boxes. South West France was rather cold and rainy this May – not what I had been expecting at all! Nevertheless, the wonderful brocantes and antique markets proved to be a fabulous hunting ground, and my contacts had stored away boxes of brilliant antique textiles and ephemera for me to sort through. Do keep a look out over the next weeks as I sort through the treasures and list them for you!

Here is an astonishing story for you: In the 1880s, two sisters were born into a wealthy, aristocratic family, living in a manor house near Carcassonne in SW France. Their parents died before the sisters reached their majority. Both sisters were convent-educated, and in the 1890s, the older sister decided to join the order, and became a nun. She devoted the rest of her life to religious contemplation and fine embroidery. The other sister did not marry, and lived in the manor house on her own until she died in the 1970s. The house was then closed up, as there was no family to inherit, and it remained untouched until last year, when a contact of mine was asked to clear it. When I asked if he had any interesting textile items for me, he produced a trunk from this house, full of the most exquisitely embroidered pieces. Each item was wrapped in a large silk handkerchief. I am listing three items from the trunk this week.

This is an amazing, hand embroidered whitework wedding dress skirt. I have not laundered this, so although it has no marks or stains, it is ivory in colour - you could launder it, and it will become snowy white, but I leave this to the lucky winner, as some prefer the ivory tone. The skirt is 120cm from top to bottom of the scalloped hemline, and 240cm in circumference at the bottom edge and 200cm at the top. There are 4 tiny French seams to shape it slightly. It is entirely hand embroidered - every tiny dot! The exquisite embroidery skills evident in this skirt are extraordinary. It must have taken months of work. The only tiny faults I can spot are photographed in the last four photographs. I imagine this dates to between 1890 and 1900. An heirloom piece that could be re-worked into the most beautiful wedding gown.

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Payment within 7 days of sale end please.

For UK buyers, I accept Paypal (preferred) and personal cheques drawn on UK bank accounts, but please be aware that I cannot send your items(s) until after your cheque has cleared.
I am happy to ship worldwide, and will combine postage on items bought in the same week.The shipping cost is always mentioned in the listing so you know what you will have to pay. If you have won a number of items, please wait for the invoice, as the weight of the combined items has a bearing on the total shipping cost. I cannot send packages weighing over 2kgs to international destinations.

My items are always carefully packaged so they reach you safely, and I charge a small fee for packaging materials – this is included in the postage cost.

I aim to send items to my customers the day after they have been paid for.

Proof of posting is always obtained, and I am unable to take responsibility for the possible vagaries of the postal system. You may request insurance to be added to your total (or choose to pay for international signed for delivery). Having said this, I have never had a package go astray, and I have sent items to S.Korea, Japan, Argentina, Finland, Australia, New Zealand, U.S.A. Canada and all over Europe without added insurance.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions

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Exquisite Antique French Convent-embroidered Fine Lawn Wedding Skirt:
$280

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