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In the Schletethelm UaUery, near Munich, Bavaria

PORTRAIT OF MAGDALENA, Wife of Count Wolfg«ng Wilhelm of Pf«lz, By Peter Candid (1648-1628)

A remarkable portrait done in the sixteenth century or early seventeenth. The costume is a highly ornamental example of fashions worn in Germany during the period. With what skill of design the dour face is softened by the ruff of gossamer lace! The elaborate head ornament of pearls and precious stones gives character to the high coiffure, and seems well suited to the lady's haughty type. The thick plush and satin of her gown, embroidered, and embellished with gold, is further set off by superb jewels. The little knots of ribbon worn on either side of the head, with pearl ornaments, lighten the effect of

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PORTRAIT OF MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, Painter Unknown

This is a charming work in every respect. The tapestry background showing the tower* of Holyrood Castle is in delightful contrast with the highly decorative costume. The pattern of the silk is exquisite, likewise the cape-sleeves with bands of embroidery, finished at the wrist with frills of cut linen and lace. The overdress of satin has an embroidered bordei. Not*) the elaborate arrangement of the jeweled chain on the bodice. Both necklace and girdle are set with pearls, and at the end of the chain, held in the left hand, is an initialed pomander, or "perfume-ball," then in vogue. Another modish touch is the thumb ring, on the long slender hand. The small waist and high bodice wen typical of English costume in Mary's time la the Lichtenstxtn Gallery, Vienna. Austria

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PORTRAIT OF LOUISE VON TASSIS, By Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1699-1641)

Van Dyck. who excelled in the portrayal of aristocracy, surpassed himself in this remarkable portrait. A lovely head, quite modern in feeling. A truly fine representation of character and costume. How well the pleated ruff frames neck and face! Around the throat the ever-present string of pearls is supplemented by a thin, gold chain and jeweled cross, expressing grace and personal taste. The beautiful slashed sleeves of silk and ribbon knots are a la mod*. The outer robe of velvet is embroidered in chaste design, and held in place by a knotted girdle. In the hand is a feather fan which might have bean the very one after which ostrich fans of recent vogue were patterned by twentieth-century designers

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In the Berlin Gallery

THE PEARL NECKLACE, By J»n Vermeer of Delft (1632-1676)

This delightful picture, one of the beet Vermeer ever did, ia not only notable in composition and color, but gives an adequate idea of the costume of wealthy women of Holland in the seventeenth century. -'Vermeer delighted in painting intimate scenes of fine ladies doing some "pleasantly futile task.'' What could be more attractive than this simple, but even in thoae days, expensive costume,—a jacket of yellow satin, trimmed with ermine, with a plain full skirt of rich material; around the neck a beautiful string of pearls, and in the ears, pear-shaped pearls. The hair ia bound with bands of blue velvet, and at the side is a rosette of pink. A luxurious and attractive toilette that delights the eye

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