Art/ Collection/ Art Object


ca. 1900
Cotton, machine made lace
17 × 26 in. (43.2 × 66 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Stern and Stern Textiles, Inc., 1964
Accession Number:
Not on view
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.
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