Date: 17th century
Medium: Needle lace
Dimensions: L. 58 x W. 9 inches (147.3 x 22.9 cm)
Credit Line: The Mabel Metcalf Fahnestock Collection, the gift of Ruth Fahnestock Schermerhorn and Faith Fahnestock, 1933
Accession Number: 33.90.47
This needle lace flounce is in the style of Bartolomeo Danieli, whose lace pattern books were published during the first half of the seventeenth century. The lace displays an extremely high level of technical expertise. Typical of the period is the repeating pattern of vases with symmetrical, stylized floral forms and scrolling stems. The design was emphasized by the use of a thicker thread to create a slightly raised outline around the vases and stems. This piece was most likely the production of a professional or a convent workshop, as evidenced by the high quality of craftsmanship, in addition to the presence of a coat of arms, which indicates a commissioned work. The arms are those of the Pallavicini family.