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Bodice

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)
    Milan (bobbin lace making)

  • Date:

    1630-1640 (made)
    1680 - 1690 (bobbin lace making)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, linen, silver thread, silver strip, silk thread, linen thread; hand-woven, hand-sewn, hand-embroidered, braided, bobbin lace.

  • Museum number:

    176-1904

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A woman's bodice of white silk, backed with linen, unlined. It has a wide neckline, long full sleeves in six panes. The waistline is at the natural level and slightly pointed in front. The bodice laces at the back; the 7-strand flat lacing in yellow and beige silk is probably original. The bodice is embroidered in a pattern of scrolls, couched in silver thread and leaves of couched silver strip, and flowers in satin stitch worked in coloured silks. A cuff of 1680s Milanese bobbin lace (the right hand has a blue silk ribbon fastening) has been later stitched to the end of each sleeve.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)
Milan (bobbin lace making)

Date

1630-1640 (made)
1680 - 1690 (bobbin lace making)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk, linen, silver thread, silver strip, silk thread, linen thread; hand-woven, hand-sewn, hand-embroidered, braided, bobbin lace.

Dimensions

Length: 43.0 cm Shoulder to centre front hem approx, Width: 141.0 cm with sleeves extended approx, Circumference: 69.5 cm Bust under the arms on the outside of the bodice approx

Object history note

Purchased from Miss L. FitzGerald, London.

Descriptive line

F, 1630s, Italian; Embroidered coloured silks, silver gilt thread, with cuffs of Milanese bobbin lace, 1680s

Materials

Silk (textile); Linen; Silk thread; Linen thread; Silver thread; Silver strip

Techniques

Hand weaving; Hand sewing; Hand embroidery; Braiding; Bobbin lace making

Categories

Fashion; Embroidery; Clothing

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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