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  • Place of origin:

    Hungary (made)

  • Date:

    1920s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Needle lace worked in cotton thread

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Needle lace roundel for insertion worked in cotton thread. Oval roundel with the outer edge formed of linked stylised leaves. In the centre is a dancing couple dressed in Hungarian peasant dress, flanked by stylised flowering plants. Made with cotton thread, the roundel is grounded with a decorative net formed of tiny linked semi-circles, each of a single line of thread with a second line of loosely-worked buttonhole stitches depending from it. Other forms of fancy buttonholing are used in the outer edging. The two figures and the flowering plants are worked in a distinctive cloth stitch, which was a feature of Halas lace. Threads were darned in and out of one another to reproduce the effect of a fine tabby weave cotton. The pattern pieces are outlined by a thicker raised thread.

Place of Origin

Hungary (made)


1920s (made)



Materials and Techniques

Needle lace worked in cotton thread


Width: 3.75 in, Length: 4.875 in, Width: 9.5 cm, Length: 12.5 cm

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1985/1380. The lace school of Halas was founded in 1896. The roundel was acquired from the school by a relative of the vendor in the late 1920s.

Descriptive line

Needle lace roundel for insertion, worked in cotton thread, made in Hungary, 1920s.

Production Note

Halas lace.


Cotton thread


Needle lace making

Subjects depicted

Plants; Dancing; Leaves


Lace; Textiles


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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