I can’t really trim Ninon’s dress because I can’t get the right trim in Wellington, and I feel I shouldn’t make a special trip up to Brian Gaskin’s in Palmy because I have to go up there on business next week.
So instead I’m researching what jewellery and accessories she should wear.
It’s pretty easy actually: every-single-painting shows the sitter wearing a collarbone level necklace of large pearls, and large pear-drop pearl earrings.
Some ladies went for simply the pearl necklace and earrings, and nothing else:
Most sitters added a few more accessories of her own to go with the ubiquitous necklace and earrings.
This one has bracelets:
Brooches at the centre front holding the fichu in place are common, usually with pearl drops:
And of course, I have Elisabeth d’Orleans as my inspiration for Ninon with her pleated fabric/shell with a bow and jewelled bodice trimming.
There are other portraits that show the same pearls in the bun at the back of the head
And one lady went all out to gain Louis XIV’s favour, wearing trimmings of his favourite colour: flame.