Cloth with One Figure of a Woman Carrying a Cross Surrounded by Floral and Vegetal Patterns

Cloth with One Figure of a Woman Carrying a Cross Surrounded by Floral and Vegetal Patterns

18th century

Needle lace, filet/lacis (knotted ground and darned in two directions), alternating reticella squares (open cutwork) and bobbin lace edging; bleached linen (est.)

Overall: 196.7 x 130.6 cm (77 7/16 x 51 7/16 in.)

The Frances McIntosh Sherwin Collection 1936.94

Fun Fact

The large size and square shape suggest that this textile would likely have been used as a table cloth.

Description

The only figure represented on this large lace cloth is located in the center. The figure is a woman, shown in profile, carrying a cross, standing on top of a creature or within a vessel shaped like a creature.

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