135: A Chanel lace evening gown, early 1930s, unlabelle
A Chanel lace evening gown, early 1930s, unlabelled, of oyster-pink lace overlaid onto tulle in complex radiating bands to the skirt deepening towards the hem, undulating horizontal bands to the front and back bodice with picot edged graduated flounces of lace to the hips which converge into a point at the back, two scarf-like panels of lace fall from the rear shoulders, the hem stiffened with horsehair to give the necessary volume, bust 86cm, 34in, waist 74cm, 29in Provenance: Mrs Annie Bodmer see lot 136. For examples of two similar though not identical lace gowns by Chanel cf `Chanel' The Metropolitan Museum, p.94-95, 96-98, A gown of identical bodice design but with three quarter-length skirt was sold by Sotheby's lot 103, 24th November 1999 as part of a large group of Chanel gowns, property of an Italian Noblewoman, illustrated on p.25 of the catalogue.
Wear and repairs to tulle ground at left and right underarms, approx 4 or 5 splits to the tulle on the underside of the skirt but not visible because the lace overlay hides them. Tiny pin-sized hole to tulle on front of bodice, faint brown stain to rear right side half way down