Maria Monaci Gallenga was a Fortuny disciple and was also considered the mentor of the Italian Futurists. She exhibited her work with great success and won a Grand Pix at the San Francisco exhibition in 1915. In the momentous and prestigious 1925 Exposition International des Arts Decoratifs et industriels Modernes in Paris she exhibited in the Italian Pavilion and the won the Grand Prix Classe XIII for her stencilled textiles.
Her "signature" exquisite stencilled plush velvets were superb and featured a variety of medieval mythological creatures. This short jacket by Gallenga fashioned of rich ruby red panne velvet elaborately stenciled in gold throughout. Oversized bell sleeves enhance the style of the garment while the artwork adds drama and impact to this one-of-a-kind rare piece. Provenance: Denver Art Museum; circa early 20th century.
Condition: excellent; new silk charmeuse lining. Gallenga's signature in gold on front of jacket