Not currently on display at the V&A

Border

ca. 1886 (made)
Artist/Maker

Lacemaking was set up in Ireland in the mid 19th century as a cottage industry. The aim was to help the population, who were suffering from the famine caused by the failure of the potato crop. In 1852, nuns established the Youghal lace school, which became well-known for its needle lace. Lacemaking went through periods of success and decline. In the 1880s, Alan Cole of the Department of Science and Art set up a committee to help revitalise it. There were design classes in lacemaking centres, prizes, new lacemaking schools and commissions for important patrons, including Queen Victoria. The main centres were all based around convents at Youghal, Kenmare, New Ross and Inishmacsaint. Youghal needle lace had its own distinctive flat style and used 18th-century patterns. Lacemakers at the other centres made mainly raised needle lace in 17th-century Venetian style, like this piece. Alan Cole collected it during one of his annual tours of Ireland to report on progress and encourage further endeavours.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Needle lace
Brief Description
border of raised needle lace, Irish, ca. 1886
Physical Description
border of raised needle lace in the 17th century Venetian style
Dimensions
  • Length: 49cm
  • Width: 11cm
Summary
Lacemaking was set up in Ireland in the mid 19th century as a cottage industry. The aim was to help the population, who were suffering from the famine caused by the failure of the potato crop. In 1852, nuns established the Youghal lace school, which became well-known for its needle lace. Lacemaking went through periods of success and decline. In the 1880s, Alan Cole of the Department of Science and Art set up a committee to help revitalise it. There were design classes in lacemaking centres, prizes, new lacemaking schools and commissions for important patrons, including Queen Victoria. The main centres were all based around convents at Youghal, Kenmare, New Ross and Inishmacsaint. Youghal needle lace had its own distinctive flat style and used 18th-century patterns. Lacemakers at the other centres made mainly raised needle lace in 17th-century Venetian style, like this piece. Alan Cole collected it during one of his annual tours of Ireland to report on progress and encourage further endeavours.
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.531-1913

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record createdOctober 30, 2003
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