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Towel End

19th century (made)
Place Of Origin

Linen towel

object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Linen, with bobbin lace in linen, silk and metal thread
Brief Description
Towel end of linen with bobbin lace in linen, silk and metal thread, Russian, 19th century
Physical Description
Linen towel
  • Width: 33cm
  • Length: 40cm
Object history
This was bought from a London dealer, Michel de Bernoff, in 1907, with a group of Russian and Finnish textiles described as 18th or 19th century. Wendy Salmond comments (March 2004) that it could have come from one of the kustar depots operating in London around 1907; such places sold 'traditional' lace and embroidery [newly] made under gentry supervision. She says our piece seems to be one of a group generically close, in which the lace technique and use of colour is traditional, but the design seems to be an early 20th c interpretation of an old tradition generally associated with Kaliazin in Tver Province, although it comes out of actual folk lace making.
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record createdJanuary 28, 2004
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