early 19th century
Needle lace, machine-made burato (twined ground and darned in one direction); bleached linen (est.)
Overall: 31.1 x 297.4 cm (12 1/4 x 117 1/16 in.)
Gift of J. H. Wade 1920.526
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.
A scrolling vine 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 may have been inspired by a design in a printed pattern book.
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