Court mantua by Unknown Artist

Mantua consists of two parts, an open robe with attached train, and a petticoat.


Silk brocade
130 x 214 cm
Art Fund grant:
£30,000 ( Total: £78,826; Export stopped)
Acquired in:

The silk is from Spital fields, London. It has a flush pattern to the ground, and is brocaded with sprigs of coloured flowers.


Probably worn by Mary Flaxman. Her daughter Elizabeth (b.1749) married John Spurrell (B.1732). The mantua was in the possession of the Spurrell family,Thurgarten House, Norfolk, until auctioned at Christies in 1994.

Venue details

Kensington Palace Kensington Gardens, LONDON London W8 4PX 020 3166 6000

Entry details

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