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  • Place of origin:

    Brussels (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bobbin lace worked in linen thread

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs A M Wedgwood in memory of Mrs A A Gordon Clark

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This lappet formed part of a headdress, known as a ‘lace head’ in the 18th century. It was composed of a curved panel, the cap back, to which two long streamers were attached, called lappets. The whole ensemble was finished with a lace frill. The lappets might be pinned up on top of the head in pleats, but more usually were left to hang loose, fluttering with the slightest movement.

Among the various items of Englishwomen’s fashionable dress for which lace was used in the 18th century, the lace head was a particular focus for the display of wealth and taste. The quality of the lace, the excellence of its design and fine workmanship, and thus its likely expense, would be immediately apparent to observers. The design of this example includes elements of Chinoiserie.

Physical description

Square-ended lappet delicately patterned with tiny motifs arranged symmetrically on a vertical axis with Berainesque canopies and draperies. Among the tiny scrolling leafy stems from which most of the pattern is composed, are chinoiserie and western motifs, including three barrels with wine (?) pouring from the ends, trophies of war beneath a canopy, a rider on a camel, a turbanned bust, and oriental figures sitting drinking at a table beneath a canopy.

Technique : Vrai droschel ground, partly applied and partly inset motifs of minute overlapped clothwork tapes, in places expanded into larger cloth-work areas, some half-stitch on the larger motifs, and some use of decorative fillings.

A piece of matching lace (8.5 cm long) has been joined to the upper end.

Place of Origin

Brussels (made)


ca. 1700 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Bobbin lace worked in linen thread


Length: 635 mm, Width: 105 mm maximum

Object history note

From the colelction of Iris, Lady Lawrence, in which it was numbered 40.

Descriptive line

Bobbin lace lappet, Brussels, ca. 1700.


Bobbin lace; Linen thread




Textiles and Fashion Collection

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