Stomacher

Corsage Ornament

French
about 1800


Object Place: Europe, France

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 22.5 x 8.6 x 1 cm (8 7/8 x 3 3/8 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

01.6495

Medium or Technique

Gold (about 16 kt) and emerald

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Jewelry

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment

Small filigree stomacher with 106 emeralds. Made from ten individual pendants linked together with loops. The bottom pendant is in the shape of a cross. Reverse has large flat loops that were likely would have been used to attach the piece to a garment.


This nineteenth-century French stomacher is unusual for its emerald stones, a gem associated with Spain and Portugal. Most provincial French pieces of the period were made of silver or copper gilt highlighted by raised bezel-set glass pastes or small diamonds. In style, the stomacher resembles bodice jewelry worn in several French regions bordering Spain and Portugal, particularly Navarre. Although stomachers fell out of fashion in major French cities by the close of the eighteenth century, they continued to be popular in the provinces well into the next century. They adorned regional dress, and often their bottom segment was either a Christian cross or a Saint-Esprit pendant, reflecting the religious sentiments of the wearer.
Yvonne J. Markowitz, “Stomacher” in Artful Adornments: Jewelry from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston by Yvonne J. Markowitz (Boston: MFA Publications, 2011), 136.

Markings

Thirteen stamps are present

Provenance

Gardner Brewer Collection. 1901, bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft to the MFA.

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft—The Gardner Brewer Collection