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  • Place of origin:

    Lombardy (made)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Darned netting worked in linen thread

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Linen border for an altar frontal of lacis or darned netting in linen thread. A row of oblong compartments, each containing a lozenge which encloses the letter 'H' surmounted by a cross; in the outer angles are flowering plants, birds and beasts, and above and below is a row of animals. These compartments are separated by broad stripes containing large double-headed eagles, smaller birds, and symmetrical plants. There is a narrow linen fringe along the bottom.

Place of Origin

Lombardy (made)


17th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Darned netting worked in linen thread

Object history note

From the mountains in the neighbourhood of Como.
Acquired as one piece, but had then cut into two pieces in 1909.
Purchased. Registered File number 80122/1903, 32443/1902.

Descriptive line

Linen border, darned netting worked in linen thread, Lombardy, Italy, 17th century


Linen thread


Lace making

Subjects depicted

Animals; Lozenges; Crosses (motifs); Birds; Flowers


Textiles; Lace


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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