Linen; lace, open cutwork (reticella) and bobbin
Overall: 56.8 x 29.5 cm (22 3/8 x 11 5/8 in.)
Gift of J. H. Wade 1920.1240
Large and small round motifs in a linear framework form this geometric design made in open cutwork, now known as reticella. Its fineness was cut from a linen cloth whose woven grid provided a firm ground for the embroiderer to build her lace. A similar design for open cutwork was published in a pattern book by Frederic de Vinciolo in Paris in 1587.
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