Fragment with Wide Circular Pattern

Fragment with Wide Circular Pattern

16th-17th century

Needle lace, mezza mandolina; bleached linen (est.)

Overall: 11.4 x 17.5 cm (4 1/2 x 6 7/8 in.)

Gift of J. H. Wade 1920.1125

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Mezza mandolina was frequently used for lace collars, often depicted in portraits of women from the 1500s and 1600s.

Description

The mezza mandolina technique produces an irregular mesh netting, as opposed to the uniform knotted netting of filet/lacis needle lace. This piece gains the overall effect of the mesh netting through the lace maker’s use of large and small circular patterns.

See also
Collection: 
Textiles
Department: 
Textiles
Type of artwork: 
Lace
Credit line: 
Gift of J. H. Wade

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