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Border

1600-1620 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The technique of cutwork used to make this piece of lace was the creation of a delicate structure of needle lace stitches across the spaces cut in a fine linen ground. It reached the height of its popularity in the late sixteenth and early seventeeth century, when it was used to decorate every type of linen and in particuar to draw attention to the face and throat in the form of collars and ruffs. This short length of border may well have been part of a collar.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Cutwork and needle lace
Brief Description
Scalloped lace border, needle lace, Italy, about 1600-25
Physical Description
Scalloped border, in cutwork and needle lace, linen thread.
Dimensions
  • Length: 17.5cm
  • Depth: 13cm
  • Maximum length length: 175mm
  • Maximum width width: 135mm
Summary
The technique of cutwork used to make this piece of lace was the creation of a delicate structure of needle lace stitches across the spaces cut in a fine linen ground. It reached the height of its popularity in the late sixteenth and early seventeeth century, when it was used to decorate every type of linen and in particuar to draw attention to the face and throat in the form of collars and ruffs. This short length of border may well have been part of a collar.
Collection
Accession Number
T.275-1912

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record createdMay 17, 2005
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