Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Border (five points)

Date:
ca. 1600
Culture:
Netherlandish
Medium:
Needle lace, punto in aria
Dimensions:
L. 13 1/4 x W. 5 1/2 inches (33.7 x 14.0 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Laces
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1909
Accession Number:
09.68.43
Not on view
Punto in aria—literally, "stitches in the air"—is one of the earliest styles of needle lace, which is itself developed from cutwork of primarily geometric design. When lacemakers transitioned to using a foundation of threads laid out according to a pattern drawn on parchment, they were able to incorporate more fluid lines and curves into their designs.
Arthur Blackborne , London (until 1909; to MMA)
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