1910's / 1920's Maria Gallenga Metallic Griffin Print Cape | VINTAGE

1910's / 1920's Maria Gallenga Metallic Griffin Print Cape | VINTAGE


Rare 1910’s - 1920’s Maria Gallenga Cape

Exquisitely soft, black panne velvet block printed in a gold and silver, mythical griffin print. Long tassels with metallic crocheted knotting. Beautiful craftsmanship with piping along the front edge seams. Lined in tomato-red panne velvet. Darts at the shoulders for fit. From a private collection.

Maria Monaci Gallenga began her career in Florence in 1914. She was known for her use of velvet, a unique block-printing technique and medieval motifs and patterns. She also had a particular fondness for cloaks and capes.

Mel’s Notes: This piece is unsigned, but the print is an exact match to a signed Gallenga jacket (ref: Whitaker Auctions, November 19th, 2005, Lot 905). The color-way, crocheted metallic and ruched ties reinforce the attribution (ref: Met Museum assescion no. 1991.187.7). Overall, an extremely wearable piece of fashion history!

Era: 1910’s to 1920’s

Condition: beyond excellent!; the velvet is strong and extremely supple, the stenciling and colors are bright and crisp; one 1/4 inch wear spot to the interior red velvet near the lower left front. It should be noted that there is an angled seam across the front on both sides, where the fabric has been matched as closely as possible. I’m not sure if this was done to keep the pattern on the back of the full sweep as intact as possible - it’s made from a single panel of fabric about 35” across (please see photos for reference) - or if it was done as a way to conserve fabric in order to use a single “dye lot”, but either way, It doesn’t detract from the beauty of the design.

Fits: XS - S - M - L

Shoulder: approx. 15”

Length: 20” in the front, 25” in the back

Model in photo is 5'9" + size XS.

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