1995. Flemish Bobbin Lace Flounce

  • Type: Flemish
  • Purpose: Flounce
  • Date: 1750-1800
  • Colour: natural
  • Width: 21.5cms +2.5cms
  • Length: 180cms
  • Notes: The flounce has a linen tape footing and was probably used on a Priest’s robe or Altar cloth. This is also borne out by the embroidered red cross at one end of the piece. It is made with Flemish round ground around the motifs. There are bundles of threads crossing the back of the work from one area of the work to another to save the worker time. Some small areas of net have been beautifully repaired. There are various heel repairs that typically would have appeared at the rear of an alb flounce, as that gets caught by the heel of the priest when genuflecting. This would confirm its use and also that the length suggests that this is only half the piece. The original length will have been of 360cms which is about average. The tiny scalloped heading is in a different thread and maybe a later addition. The pattern repeat is at 40cms. There appears to have been a change of worker at 66cms and 88 cms as the work had had a tighter ground and then the tension became a lot looser. If you choose a motif and then look for the same further along the tensions differ.
  • Catalogue no: 2783

 

whole piece in general

whole piece in general

1-70cms

1-70cms

71-130cms - in general

71-130cms – in general

close up of embroidered red cross

close up of embroidered red cross

1-36cms - to show piece joined in

1-36cms – to show piece joined in

close up of bottom edge

close up of bottom edge

close up of repetition of pattern - "good worker"

close up of repetition of pattern – “good worker”

close up of repetition - "better worker"

close up of repetition – “better worker”

close up of heel repair and split again

close up of heel repair and split again

close up to show bundles of threads being taken across

close up to show bundles of threads being taken across

close up of bundles of threads being taken across at 140cms

close up of bundles of threads being taken across at 140cms

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