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Fan leaf - Fan leaf

Fan leaf

  • Object:

    Fan leaf

  • Place of origin:

    Honiton (made)

  • Date:

    1877-1878 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Radford, Emma Miss (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bobbin lace

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Naturalism in design was a particular characteristic of English bobbin lace made at Honiton in Devon and the surrounding area in the 1860s and the years following. Typically, the Bath and West of England's Agricultural Show show of 1864 held a competition for lace 'worked either in flowers, fruit, leaves or insects, strictly designed from nature' with £100 offered for the winning design.

This fan leaf was also entered into a design competition, held by the Fan Makers Company in 1878, for which it won second prize in one of the classes. It was purchased new by the Museum after the competition, for 10 guineas (£10.50).

Physical description

Fan leaf (mount) of Honiton bobbin lace with a design depicting foliage, flowers, blackberries and butterflies. Made by Emma Radford. Awarded Second Prize (Class I, Section II) at the Exhibition of the Fan-makers' Company in 1878.

Place of Origin

Honiton (made)


1877-1878 (made)


Radford, Emma Miss (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Bobbin lace


Length: 50 cm, Width: 13 cm

Object history note

The pricking for this lace is in the collection of Exeter Museum

Descriptive line

Fan leaf, bobbin lace, designed with blackberries and butterflies, English, 1878

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Doretta Davanzo Poli, Cinque secoli di merletti europei: i capolavori, 1984, cat. 13
Clare Browne, Lace from the Victoria and Albert Museum, 2004, p. 25, pl. 70


Bobbin lace making


Accessories; Lace; Fans; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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