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This is an exquisitely crafted needle lace cravat end. Lace was often utilized as neckwear in the 17th and 18th centuries for aesthetic purposes and to emphasize the fine quality the wearer could afford. This particular piece is finely detailed with mirror-image motifs which take no identifiable shape but are nevertheless intriguing. The addition of the raised work adds a sense of depth and texture to already arresting surface effect.

Lace, linen, French

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