Colonial Williamsburg collection gown owned by Elizabeth Dandridge (Martha Washington's sister) and descended in Elizabeth's family. It was bequeathed to be cut up and used as upholstery fabric, but fortunately remained intact.
Robe à la française (back), France, Yellow satin, brocaded silk with naturalistic background polychrome decorated with shrubs and flower bouquets. Pagoda sleeved bodice with 2 pleated ruffles. (c) Photo Coutau-Begarie