possibly French, worn in America
early 18th century

Place of Manufacture: possibly France; Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


34.6 x 29 cm (13 5/8 x 11 7/16 in. )

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk compound weave patterned with supplementary wefts wrapped in silver gilt copper; silver and silk braided trim; silk plain weave tape edging; silk plain weave lining; silk and silver wrapped cording; linen plain weave interior lining; metallic eyes (not original)

On View

Ann and Graham Gund Gallery (Gallery LG31)


Textiles and Fashion Arts



V-shaped stomacher of cloth-of-silver possibly woven to shape; some metallic cord for lacing remains at bottom with evidence of full lacing on silk edging and bands at top; cream silk lining; two interior horizontal bones


Inherited by Georgiana Welles Sargent (b. 1858 - d. 1946), New York; to her niece, Emily Welles Robbins (b. 1889 - d. 1962) and her nephew, Sumner Welles (b. 1892 - d. 1961), Washington, DC; 1949, gift of Emily Welles Robbins and Sumner Welles to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 15, 1949)

Credit Line

Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent