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Woman's Stomacher and Collar

Artist/maker unknown, Europeanc. 1730-1740

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, United States

In the eighteenth century, the conical shape of women's torsos was reiterated in the triangular stomachers pinned to fill in the open bodices of fashionable, full-skirted gowns. This stomacher has an unusual matching collar to frame the face and further emphasize the taper of the torso. The exquisitely embroidered pictorial motifs and gold dimensional stitchery are the height of Rococo refinement.

Details

  • Title: Woman's Stomacher and Collar
  • Date Created: c. 1730-1740
  • Physical Dimensions: w10.98 x h15.5 in (Overall)
  • Provenance: Purchased with funds contributed by an anonymous donor, 1996
  • Type: Costume (including accessories)
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Silk plain weave with silk and gilt thread embroidery in raised satin, couching, split, outline, long and short, seed, stem stitch filling, woven filling, and satin stitches; applied pigment, gilt needle lace
  • Possibly made in: Italy
  • Description: This stomacher has an unusual matching collar to frame the neckline and further emphasize the taper of the torso. The pictorial motifs on the stomacher and collar are the height of Rococo refinement. In the asymmetrically placed main scene, a sheep sits contentedly as a shepherdess crowns her gallant with a floral wreath. An abundance of fruit and flowers and a tiny out-of-scale building add to the idyllic fantasy.
  • Artist/Maker: Artist/maker unknown, European

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