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Border

Border

  • Place of origin:

    Alençon (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850-1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Needle lace

  • Museum number:

    31-1880

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The market for all qualities of lace grew in the mid 19th century. Handmade lace was a status symbol that demonstrated wealth and position. In the 1850s and 1860s people began to spend large quantities on luxury lace as they had done in the 18th century. Manufacturers of handmade lace recognised that technical and stylistic excellence were needed to compete successfully against the threat of machine-made lace.

This border or flounce was made in Alençon, one of the main centres for high quality hand made needle lace in France since the 17th century.

Physical description

Border of Alencon needle lace

Place of Origin

Alençon (made)

Date

ca. 1850-1870 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Needle lace

Dimensions

Length: 690 mm, Width: 18 cm, Width: 175 mm

Object history note

Purchased from Samuel Chick.

Descriptive line

Border, needle lace, Alencon, 1850-70

Materials

Lace

Techniques

Needle lace

Categories

Lace

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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