Handmade lace/plush coat, c.1900
Fashioned from ivory plush faux fur, this stunning masterpiece of textural monochromatic design is as magnificent today as when first worn, proving that good design transcends time.
With wide roomy sleeves, the cut is simple and slightly flared. The neckline, front opening, and sleeve borders are trimmed with wide bands of handmade silk/linen filet lace. On the ends of the lace panels (6th picture down), the fringe that mimics the faux fur is absolutely marvelous!
The coat is lined with matching satin faced along the neckline and lower corners with exquisite handmade silk Cluny lace. On the right side of my Edwardian Gallery is another example of handmade Cluny lace.
The coat lapels, when turned back, reveal scrolling braided trim. The coat closes with loops of braided trim and large thread-covered buttons. The rosettes with hanging tassels at the neckline add additional texture.
Cluny lace was developed during the second half of the 19th century, inspired by lace samples originally worked during the 16th century.
This plush coat was meant for a woman of style and substance. Her fine form and fashionable dress combine with a distinguished and commanding presence to produce a gratifying effect to which few can be insensible.
The label reads "Grean/19 East 33rd Street/ N.Y."—see the bottom picture.
The condition is almost excellent. The exterior is perfect. The satin lining shows abrasion on the lapels and along the front opening. The satin, which is stable and not shattering, is held in place by the braided trim. This does not show when the coat is closed.
It measures: 46" bust, 48" waist, 52" hip, 18" from shoulder seam to shoulder seam, 24" sleeve length, and 42" from the shoulder to front hem.