Herenkostuum 'habit à la française'

Herenkostuum 'habit à la française'

This sumptuous French gala suit, or habit a la francaise, is the oldest complete men's costume in the Utrecht collection. It is the utmost in 18th century men's elegance: flowing ribbons and delicate bouquets decorate the thick, brocaded rep silk. Curator Carla de Jonge was so taken with this suit that, at the close of the successful Costumes of our Ancestors exhibition of 1936, she took the brave step of asking the owner, dowager Cornelie Jeanne Heemskerck van Beest- van Reede tot Ter Aa, with success, if the museum may borrow it. "I know the Haagsche Museum also had their eyes on it but I managed to convince Dr. van Gelder that I felt my request should have preference considering the relationship between your family and Utrecht."

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This sumptuous French gala suit, or habit a la francaise, is the oldest complete men's costume in the Utrecht collection. It is the utmost in 18th century men's elegance: flowing ribbons and delicate bouquets decorate the thick, brocaded rep silk. Curator Carla de Jonge was so taken with this suit that, at the close of the successful Costumes of our Ancestors exhibition of 1936, she took the brave step of asking the owner, dowager Cornelie Jeanne Heemskerck van Beest- van Reede tot Ter Aa, with success, if the museum may borrow it. "I know the Haagsche Museum also had their eyes on it but I managed to convince Dr. van Gelder that I felt my request should have preference considering the relationship between your family and Utrecht."

Now in the museum in Collectie Centraal

Title

Herenkostuum 'habit à la française'

Artist

Dating

1760 - 1770

Material and technique

ripszijde, linnen, hout, zilverdraad, wol; jacquard geweven

Object number

7900/001-003

Object type

herenkleding, jas, vest, broek, kostuum

Acquisition

bruikleen 1936

Dimensions

lengte (001) 100 cm

mouwlengte (001) 59 cm

rugbreedte (001) 29 cm

lengte (002) 82 cm

mouwlengte (002) 51 cm

rugbreedte (002) 29 cm

lengte (003) 97 cm

hoogte cm

breedte cm

diepte cm

Documentation

  • "Zoo menig japon als cultuurhistorisch document". De geschiedenis van de kostuumafdeling van het Centraal Museum Utrecht, Hanneke Adriaans, (Kostuum : verzamelingen in beweging : twaalf studies over kostuumverzamelingen in Nederland & inventarisatie van het kostuumbezit in Nederlandse openbare collecties), pp. 78-90, 157-158, p. 83

  • De costuumverzameling in het Centraal Museum 1750-1930 : gids en catalogus, (Utrecht, 1947), cat. nr. 11, pp. 4, 55, plaat I

  • Het Costuum onzer Voorouders : tentoonstelling ten bate van de vereniging T.I.B.O. (tegemoetkoming in bijzondere omstandigheden), (Den Haag, 1936), cat. nr. 4, p. 28

Exhibitions

  • Collectie Centraal, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, 2023

  • Uit de Mode, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, 2017

  • Mode, de musical, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, 2014

Persistent url

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https://hdl.handle.net/21.12130/collect.CECA1297-B38A-4FC8-AA53-CBFA1A51B435

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