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Mantua, 1740-45, Embroidered silk with colored silk & silver thread. Court dress was an exclusive & ornate style of clothing worn by the aristocracy who attended Court. The style is based on the 17th-century mantua. The shell, the quintessential Rococo motif, constitutes the basis of the embroidery pattern. Leafy scrolls, latticed arcades and tassels are also featured, as well a profusion of realistically rendered flowers worked in a variety of coloured silks in satin stitch & french knots.