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Stomacher

Stomacher

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1740-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver bobbin lace

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs R Stock

  • Museum number:

    T.80B-1948

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Physical description

A stomacher of bobbin lace made with silver thread, strip, frise and spangles in a floral design.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1740-1750 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver bobbin lace

Dimensions

Length: 35.5 cm, Width: 24.5 cm maximum

Descriptive line

stomacher, silver bobbin lace, 1740s, English

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Avril Hart and Susan North, Historical Fashion in Detail: the 17th and 18th centuries, London: V&A, 1998, p. 202

Materials

Silver thread; Bobbin lace

Techniques

Bobbin lace making

Categories

Clothing; Lace; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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