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Caraco Jacket 2003.171

Object Name: caraco jacket

Date: 1780-1790

Accession Number: 2003.171
Image Copyright: ©Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • silk
  • linen
  • figured

Blue-grey silk caraco jacket, brocaded in small stylised floral sprigs on a honeycomb ground in silver, pale blue and fawn. Silk almost certainly French, and the whole garment probably a French import. Cut in a slightly oriental style with a high fitted bodice and a skirt with the fullness set to the back with 3 deep box pleats. Elbow length sleeves; low squared neck; fastening cf with 8 hooks and eyes; fully lined fawn coarse linen.
Bought at Sotheby's Castle Howard auction 7.10.2003. lot 232; previously bought by CH at Christie's on 3.10.1979, lot 910; see also similar caraco in Kerry Taylor's sale at Sothebys on 8.6.2004, lot 344.