Lot 4219

Empress Elisabeth of Austria – a two-piece summer dress in salmon pink from Corfu

International Orders and Military Collectibles | A80m | Live auction | 1049 Lots

Hammer price € 28,000

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Description

Extremely fine, light batiste with silk appliqués, a white lace trim at the collar and sleeves with tiny, black glass beads. Cream-coloured silk lining (fragile, with flaws and old replacements in places, designed to preserve it). The bodice fastening at the back, with integrated reinforcements of blued iron. Sewn into the neck is the Empress' white silk label for her Achilleion palace on Corfu, a crowned dolphin in dusky pink embroidery. Modified after 1900 for its secondary use, the front and back were shortened somewhat, the hooks replaced and the chest area was reworked to reflect the pigeon breast fashion, which became popular circa 1905.

The long skirt is tailored en suite, its silk lining also fragile with old replacements designed to preserve it. The waist has been extended from 52 cm to fit the Empress to 58 cm for its secondary use, the hooks likewise replaced.

A beautiful summer dress worn by the Empress, from her Achilleion palace on Corfu, which she stayed at regular intervals until her death in 1898. In need of restoration owing to its age and storage, with good quality materials.

Condition:III -

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General Information

Day 1 of our live auction "International Orders and Military Collectibles" includes 1061 lots. The auction starts on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 10:00 am with Orders and Decorations (lot no. 3851 - 3987) and continue afterwards with Military Collectibles (lot no. 3991 - 4916). The pre-sale viewing will take place from Wednesday, 6.11. until Sunday, 10.11., and on Sunday, 17.11.2019 from 2 to 6 pm (CET).