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Bodice

  • Date:

    1670-1690 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, linen, whalebone, silk thread, linen thread, silver; hand-woven, hand embroidered, hand-sewn

  • Museum number:

    20-1899

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A woman's bodice of white silk over linen, reinforced with whalebone, lined with white silk taffeta, the inside faced with a figured white silk ribbon. The bodice has a high wide neckline, long waist, pointed at front and back. There were probably sleeves, but these have been removed. There are 22 narrow laps (tabs) at the waist, each bound with white silk grosgrain ribbon. The bodice laces at the back with 18 lacing holes on either side. The white silk is embroidered with flowers in coloured silks and scrolls in couched silver strip.

Date

1670-1690 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Silk, linen, whalebone, silk thread, linen thread, silver; hand-woven, hand embroidered, hand-sewn

Dimensions

Length: 52.0 cm overall, shoulder to centre front approx, Width: 75.0 cm at shoulders when flat approx, Circumference: 74.8 cm Bust below armholes approx

Object history note

Purchased from Monsieur Fulgence, 75 Rue la Bo√ętie, Paris.

Descriptive line

A woman's bodice, 1670-1690, Italian; white silk, embroidered with coloured silks and silver strip

Materials

Silk (textile); Linen (material); Whalebone; Ribbon, silk; Silk thread; Linen thread; Silver strip

Techniques

Hand weaving; Hand sewing; Hand embroidery

Subjects depicted

Peony; Daffodil; Tulip; Convolvulus; Lily; Anenome (flower)

Categories

Fashion; Clothing; Embroidery

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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