Border with Renaissance Motif

Border with Renaissance Motif

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

Fun Fact

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 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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