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Stomacher

1740-1750 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

A stomacher is a decorative panel of fabric, usually triangular in shape, worn to fill the space between the front edges of a woman’s open gown. The stomacher formed part of the ensemble of fashionable women’s dress from the 1680s to the 1780s.

This example is made of extremely luxurious bobbin lace, entirely worked in silver thread, silver strip, silver-covered parchment and silver spangles. It was probably worn with Court dress, which in this period would have been a mantua, that might have been equally richly woven with silver thread.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silver bobbin lace
Brief Description
stomacher, silver bobbin lace, 1740s, English
Physical Description
A stomacher of bobbin lace made with silver thread, strip, frise and spangles in a floral design.
Dimensions
  • Length: 35.5cm
  • Maximum width: 24.5cm
Credit line
Given by Mrs R Stock
Summary
A stomacher is a decorative panel of fabric, usually triangular in shape, worn to fill the space between the front edges of a woman’s open gown. The stomacher formed part of the ensemble of fashionable women’s dress from the 1680s to the 1780s.



This example is made of extremely luxurious bobbin lace, entirely worked in silver thread, silver strip, silver-covered parchment and silver spangles. It was probably worn with Court dress, which in this period would have been a mantua, that might have been equally richly woven with silver thread.
Bibliographic Reference
Avril Hart and Susan North, Historical Fashion in Detail: the 17th and 18th centuries, London: V&A, 1998, p. 202 Ann E. Wild, Chainettes: Gold- und Silber- Bänderspitzen / Gold and Silver Tape Lace, Freiburg 2019, pp. 65-68
Collection
Accession Number
T.80B-1948

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record createdJuly 23, 2007
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