Jul 27, 2018

Band with Leaf Motifs

Band with Leaf Motifs

17th century

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

Overall: 20.2 x 68.8 cm (7 15/16 x 27 1/16 in.)

The Frances McIntosh Sherwin Collection 1936.222


Did you know?

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 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. The maker of this piece used thread of different thicknesses to give texture and variety to the design.

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