CFP: Norton Museum of Art: Loan of Tea Gowns

Norton Museum of Art are organizing an exhibition about tea worldwide, which is currently scheduled to open in January of 2014.

The Museum is looking for owners of tea gowns who would be willing to loan to this exhibition. They are interested in French, German/Austrian, British, American, and Russian tea gowns. They are searching for the type of dress worn by the hostess at an elegant gathering (examples pictured):


Tea gown, about 1912

Agnes Design, Paris
Shell pink silk charmeuse w/ delicate silver metallic brocade border & large panels of tambour embroidered net, label, “Agnes, 23 Rue Louis-le-Grand, Paris”.

Tunic Dress, 1919
by Lucile Ltd, Lady Gordon Duff, nee Lucy Christiana Sutherland (1863 – 1935)

Tea Gown, LATE 1920’s

Sleeveless black velvet A-line having large bib front draping the shoulder and forming back collar, and two large front skirt gores pieced in various laces including Irish crochet, tape and needlepoint laces, side closure. Label “Nemser Original Model”.

Dress, 1885-1889 (to be shown with Cassatt print entitled Afternoon Tea)
White cotton and eyelet. Bodice: pleated front, lace trim, eyelet sleeve, turned back cuff. Skirt: asymmetrical cotton panel, lace trim, bustle, eyelet underskirt. Original catalog card: C. 1885, White cotton and eyelet summer tea dress. The bodice with pleated front trimmed with lace as is the standing collar, sleeves of eyelet with turned back cuff. Skirt with asymmetrical over panel of cotton edged with lace and gathered up in back as bustle, underskirt of eyelet.

Tea Gown, about 1905
Russian Label, St. Petersburg



They also wish to include robes that Buddhist and secular tea masters in China, Korea, and Japan would have worn when hosting a tea gathering.


Please contact Laurie Barnes at

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