Apr 27, 2018

Fragment (of a Band?) with Floral Pattern

Fragment (of a Band?) with Floral Pattern

16th century

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

Overall: 10.7 x 15.4 cm (4 3/16 x 6 1/16 in.)

Gift of J. H. Wade 1920.1128


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This small fragment was apparently cut from a much larger piece, perhaps originally decorating a woman’s dress.


Lace was often used in large quantities to produce opulent effects of light and contrasting texture. Bands of this width may have originally adorned a woman’s skirt or petticoat, heightening the design and overall impact with its rich floral pattern.

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