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On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Bodice Ornament

ca. 1770 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This bodice ornament is composed of a bow and a symmetrical arrangement of flowers. The large coloured stones are golden-yellow topaz, sometimes described as 'sherry topaz'. The colourless stones are a mixture of colourless topaz and rock crystal. The colourless topaz have a slight pink tinge.

There was a massive export of topaz and other stones from the Portugese territory of Brazil in the eighteenth century and it is possible that this ornament was made in Portugal. The use of cheaper colourless stones, rather than diamonds, is probably the reason the ornament has survived instead of being broken up.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Topazes and rock crystal set in silver
Brief Description
Bodice ornament of topazes and rock crystal set in silver, made in Portugal, about 1770.
Physical Description
Bodice ornament of topazes and rock crystal set in silver
Dimensions
  • Height: 7.0cm
  • Width: 8.8cm
  • Depth: 2.1cm
Credit line
Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein
Summary
This bodice ornament is composed of a bow and a symmetrical arrangement of flowers. The large coloured stones are golden-yellow topaz, sometimes described as 'sherry topaz'. The colourless stones are a mixture of colourless topaz and rock crystal. The colourless topaz have a slight pink tinge.



There was a massive export of topaz and other stones from the Portugese territory of Brazil in the eighteenth century and it is possible that this ornament was made in Portugal. The use of cheaper colourless stones, rather than diamonds, is probably the reason the ornament has survived instead of being broken up.
Other Numbers
  • LOAN:AMERICANFRIENDS.291-2003 - Previous loan number
  • 243 - Goldstein Collection number
Collection
Accession Number
M.192-2007

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record createdMarch 12, 2008
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