Cap crown, Needle lace, point d’Alençon, linen, French

Cap crown

Date:
1720–40
Culture:
French
Medium:
Needle lace, point d’Alençon, linen
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 8 7/16 × 10 1/16 in. (21.4 × 25.6 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Laces
Credit Line:
Gift of The Lady Reigate in memory of her mother, Mrs. William Redmond Cross, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.310.9
Not on view
Laces produced in Alençon and Argentan, where the French lacemaking industry was established in the seventeenth century, evolved in tandem with changing fashions. For a brief period in the first half of the eighteenth century, these laces, called Argentella, were produced with a background, or mesh, of solid hexagons enclosed within hexagonal outlines. They were intended to mirror the patterns of contemporary dress silks. Both silks and laces of the period often employed motifs of exotic foliage, such as the palm trees in this cap crown.
The Lady Reigate (until 1979; to MMA)