Cuff with Floral Vines

Cuff with Floral Vines

19th century

Needle lace, filet/lacis (knotted ground and darned in one direction); bleached linen (est.)

Overall: 17.9 x 21.8 cm (7 1/16 x 8 9/16 in.)

The Frances McIntosh Sherwin Collection 1936.226

Fun Fact

From the 15th century, lace cuffs were among the most popular ways to wear and display this costly textile.

Description

In this lace cuff (one of a set, see 1936.225), scrolling vines with budding flowers emerge from a tied bow, creating a stylized bouquet. A scrolling vine with budding vegetation or a tendril motif is a recurring pattern in needle lace. The frequent use of the motif, adapted in lace from different centuries and regions, suggests that it was found in a pattern book.

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