This sleeved bodice is covered a decorative fabric of moss green silk with white flower bouquets and vines woven, or so-called lampas. A single flower bouquet rising from a small vase is symmetrically placed on each of the respective front portions and on the back. The back is not stiffened apart from one stay on either side of the closure. The front portions are fully stiffened with 14 whalebone stays in a fan-like position and two transverse rods, four longitudinal rods and a thicker square rod form a deep downward-drawn busk. The laced fastening of seven interlocking holes is concealed beneath. The short peplums above the hip are padded, the sleeves are narrowly cut, and the bodice is fully lined with linen. (Leloir 2007: 42, fig. 40 C and C’)


  • Title: Bodice with Sleeves - Corset non Baleiné
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: ca. 1750
  • Stylistic point of origin: France
  • Rights: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Stephan Klonk │ Text © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Christine Waidenschlager
  • Provenance: 2003 Kamer/Ruf collection; 1985 Flea market, Paris, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Length: Fl. 57 cm, bl. 48 cm
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-018417
  • Type: Bodice
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/kunstgewerbemuseum/home.html
  • Medium: Dark green silk fabric, Gros de Tours, with cream coloured pattern in taffeta weave, lampas; lining: natural coloured linen, plain weave wine-red silk; whalebone

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