This lace border incorporates images of modern transport and transmission of power with railway trains, hot-air balloons, telegraph poles, and electric lights. The motifs echo a preoccupation with the new electrical power, much in evidence at the Paris Exposition, and the lace won a medal. The machine-made lace industry, centered in Nottingham, was enormously successful since it replaced a declining cottage industry, the products of which had become so expensive that they were out of reach of most ordinary people.
Stern and Stern Textiles, Inc. (until 1964; to MMA)
Artist: André Charles Boulle (French, Paris 1642–1732 Paris)Date: ca. 1710–20Medium: Walnut veneered with ebony, marquetry of engraved brass and tortoiseshell, gilt-bronze mounts, verd antique marbleAccession: 1982.60.82On view in:Gallery 542