Deaccession Maison Moreau D. Baron Gold Metallic Fancy Dress Waistcoat c. 1878

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Museum deaccessioned metallic gold fancy dress waistcoat c 1878.  Stamped Maison Moreau D. Baron Successor in the lining.

Deaccessioned from the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York with original acquisition tag with accession numbers.  

Fancy dress costumes were often an expensive undertaking, and this opulent piece is no exception. Woven with gold tone metal threads and accented with a polychrome floral matelasse pattern, brocaded in red and blue flowers, this is the 19th century's approach to the 18th century's textiles, with better technology and grander ideas.

The waistcoat is constructed in an 18th century style, collarless, and closes with three buttons at center front decorated with rhinestones.  Three matching buttons adorn each pocket flap. The backing is a yellow glazed linen twill

Maison Moreau - Delphine Baron successor, Paris made costumes for masquerades held at the royal court of Napoleon III.

chest:  38 inches (96.5 cm)

front length:  31 inches (79 cm)

Back Length:  23 inches  (58.5 cm)

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