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A French letter from 1813

A scrap of 18th century silk embroidered with roses and bows,

beneath an chenille embroidered waistcoat…

The edge of the silk is brighter, where it had

been turned over at a seam…

The effect of the design is carefree,


A rose laden chenille embroidered net fichu…

Edges ribbon and silk floss trimmed

c. 1810-1815

All above from my own collection of antique textiles.

My favorite time period is from Marie Antoinette to

Jane Austen…from the end of 18th to start of 19th century.

I dabble in reverie.  Who sat on that canapé, tilted those painted

rose teacups, walked those boulevards, perched in rows at

Beethoven concerts, curled within a Lit à la Polonaise

to read Mansfield Park, or Lord Byron…

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee.
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.

Emily Dickinson


One of a set of four pairs… c 1780-1835

of shoes up for auction this week…

Augusta Auctions

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Augusta Auctions c 1780-1835