LOT 500 WORTH BEADED BUTTERFLY FANCY DRESS GOWN, c. 1912.
Trained ivory silk charmeuse beneath a heavily decorated chiffon overlay, the bodice front and back having a pair of butterfly wings in gold, white and blue beads with blue paste jewels and velvet cut to chiffon, blue chiffon high cummerbund, open sleeve with points and jet-beaded tassels, back mounted with a pair of wired green chiffon butterfly wings with beading to both sides, cutaway chiffon overskirt decorated in the manner of large wings, back of dress covered in blue chiffon over tulle with large gold sequined stripes, gold lamé loop to raise the train, corset bodice with petersham label. Matching headpiece of heavily wired wings in matching decoration on chiffon set on a heavy metal band, B-34, W-26, L 58-76. (Underdress in generally good condition with some light stains, large tears to chiffon, particularly the upper bodice, significant bead losses, blue chiffon has large bleached-out spots). Back wings and headpiece very good, dress fair but great salvage or restoration project. Former property of Margaret Draper, Princess Boncompagni. 800-1200Read More