Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Cap crown

first half 18th century
Italian (Venice) or Flemish (Brussels)
Linen, needle lace
L. 9 x W. 6 1/2 inches 22.9 x 16.5 cm
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Berle Jr., 1953
Accession Number:
Not on view
Making extensive use of decorative zigzags and other geometric designs, this type of extremely fine needle lace, which was made during the first half of the eighteenth century, is rare and highly prized. The seemingly endless array of effects is achieved by using one basic buttonhole stitch but varying the grouping and spacing of the stitches.
Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Berle Jr. (until 1953; to MMA)
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