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Waistcoat Part

1700-1729 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This is the front of a woman’s waistcoat (informal bodice) of the early 18th century, intended for wearing under a loose robe open at the front. The back of the bodice, which has not survived, would probably have been made of plain linen. An embroidered pattern of exotic birds with large blossoms and leaves covers the front. It combines stylistic elements of chinoiserie design in the birds and aspects of late 17th century English embroidery in the flowers and leaves. The background is cord quilted, a quilting technique where instead of padding, thin cords are inserted between parallel lines of stitching.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Linen, cord quilted and embroidered with silk thread
Brief Description
Front of a woman's waistcoat of linen, cord quilted and embroidered with silk thread, England, 1700-1729
Physical Description
Fronts of a woman's waistcoat of linen, corded and embroidered with coloured silks in a pattern of exotic birds and large flowers and leaves. The ground is quilted in backstitch with white silk in a pattern of overlapping, parallel curves. The lining has been removed. There are three yellow silk tapes for tying.
Dimensions
  • Length: 22.25in
  • Greatest of one side width: 10.25in
Gallery Label
Bodice Front Linen embroidered and quilted with coloured silks English, early 18th century 494-1902 This women's informal bodice was first embroidered with a design combining exotic birds in the Chinoiserie style with large blossoms and leaves more often found in large English furnishings. It was then quilted in a technique known as cord quilting in which narrow cords are inserted between the lines of stitching to create a slightly raised ground. The back of the bodice, which has not survive, would probably have been a plain fabric and would have been concealed by an outer robe.
Object history
Displayed in Costume Court, 1962-1979.



Purchased. Registered File number 10961/1902 and 81754/1902.
Subjects depicted
Summary
This is the front of a woman’s waistcoat (informal bodice) of the early 18th century, intended for wearing under a loose robe open at the front. The back of the bodice, which has not survived, would probably have been made of plain linen. An embroidered pattern of exotic birds with large blossoms and leaves covers the front. It combines stylistic elements of chinoiserie design in the birds and aspects of late 17th century English embroidery in the flowers and leaves. The background is cord quilted, a quilting technique where instead of padding, thin cords are inserted between parallel lines of stitching.
Collection
Accession Number
494-1902

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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