Oct 31, 2017

Fragment of a Band with Birds and Trees

Fragment of a Band with Birds and Trees

16th century

Needle lace, burato (twined ground and darned in one direction); bleached linen (est.)

Overall: 5.4 x 23.5 cm (2 1/8 x 9 1/4 in.)

Gift of J. H. Wade 1920.1121


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Plant motifs, such as the blooming bushes found here, flanked by birds, were popular for their associations with well-being or blessing.


This lace, made in Sicily, shows a close relationship to a pattern in a model book published in Lyon, France, a commercial center of printing and luxury textile trade with strong ties to Italy. The designs were based on a grid, making it easier for the lace maker to translate the printed image into needlework.

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