Rare Very Early Lacework
Late 16th or early 17th century
Extremely fine lacework featuring a royal couple under a large crown being held aloft by two winged angles framed
on the sides with eight exotic birds and above and below with flowering vine borders. The intricate very delicate
lace is safely sandwiched between two pieces of glass laid on a black backing to enhance the visibility.
Below is a comment about this piece from the lace expert from the Metropolitan Museum.
The technique is filet brodé (aka lacis), or knotted netting with darned stitches to create the pattern.
This technique predates bobbin and needle lace and many extant examples come from Germany, France, and Italy (particularly
around Sicily). It's unusual in that the net is angled diamonds rather than squares, and the stitches are more
elaborate than most 15th and 16th century examples I'd seen, so I'd guess the early 17th century date is accurate
or even late 16th century.
Very fine linen thread; 13 ½" x 23 ½" without frame.
STEPHEN & CAROL HUBER
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