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  • Place of origin:

    Austria (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1903 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen with tape lace

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jane Ehrlich

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This handkerchief resembles in its design and technique some of the distinctive patterns for lace published in Entwurfe fur Moderne Spitzen, (Designs for Modern Lace) in 1902. The designer, Johann Hrdlicka, was a professor at the Central Lace School in Vienna, and his work had been a highlight of the Austrian Arts and Crafts section of the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900. It was reported that 'Museums competed with beautiful women to acquire the delicate airy lace'.

Although the execution of this lace is not fine enough to suggest that it was actually made in the Central Lace School, it seems very likely to have been made at the time, following or inspired by one of Hrdlicka’s designs.

Physical description

Fine linen centre, decorated with broad edging of lace constructed from bobbin-made tapes, with needle fillings. The lace is well made but its attachment to the linen centre is fairly crude.
Very irregular outline, with design reminiscent of starfish.

Place of Origin

Austria (probably, made)


ca. 1903 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Linen with tape lace


Length: 320 mm, Width: 310 mm

Descriptive line

Handkerchief, tape lace border, c.1902-4, Austrian probably




Bobbin lace; Needle lace


Lace; Accessories; Textiles


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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