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Bodice ornament

  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1760 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Rock crystals and paste (glass) with foiled settings in silver

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Joan Evans

  • Museum number:

    M.134:1 to 3-1975

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 12, shelf D, box 3 []

This jewel would have decorated the front of a bodice from the neckline to just below the waist. It was known as a stomacher. The faceted rock crystal and glass stones have a foil set behind them to increase their sparkle. They are cut to resemble rose-cut diamonds. Very sophisticated imitation jewellery was made in Europe in the 18th century, and it was sold by many of the leading jewellers.

Physical description

Bodice ornament in the form of a bow, two intermediate units, and a cross. Rose-cut pastes (glass) and rock crystals set in silver; in the form of a bow, two intermediate units, and a cross. The lower of the two middle units perhaps a replacement.

Place of Origin

England (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1760 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Rock crystals and paste (glass) with foiled settings in silver

Dimensions

Height: 22.5 cm, Width: 10.4 cm, Depth: 1.1 cm

Descriptive line

Bodice ornament in the form of a bow, two intermediate units, and a cross, rock crystal and pastes (glass) imitating rose-cut diamonds, set in silver, probably made in England, about 1760

Materials

Glass; Rock crystal; Silver

Subjects depicted

Bow; Cross

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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