Fragment of a Band with Vine Scroll and Leaves

Fragment of a Band with Vine Scroll and Leaves

16th-17th century

Needle lace, filet/lacis (knotted ground and darned in two directions); bleached linen (est.)

Overall: 15 x 63.8 cm (5 7/8 x 25 1/8 in.)

Gift of J. H. Wade 1920.1161

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Books of patterns for lace-making and other needlework were aimed at well-to-do women and girls as a way of encouraging domestic virtue.

Description

A scrolling vine with budding vegetation or a tendril motif is a recurring pattern in needle lace. The frequent use of the motif, adapted in lace from different centuries and regions, suggests that it was found in a pattern book.

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