Irish crochet lace blouse, c.1905
Irish crochet lace has enduring romantic appeal because the bold floral compositions can be easily viewed from a distance. Handmade Irish lace garments do not have unsightly seams. The shape of the garment is built in during assembly of the individual motifs.
The distinguishing element of Irish crochet lace is three-dimensional raised work. The blouse has all the attributes favored by serious collectors: unusual large medallions in the lace pattern; a variety of floral motifs; and a pleasing arrangement of the motifs. The use of semi-circular endpoints on the long, close-fitting sleeves is a nice touch.
In this showpiece of Irish crochet lace, the variety and piquant charm of the schematic floral motifs is truly memorable. The centerpiece of the design is the blooming rose on the bodice. Radiating from the center are the dependent, budding florets and sprigs, waiting attendance on their Queen.
Made from durable, washable white cotton yarn, the blouse closes in back with small hooks. The superb blouse has not been altered in design in order to make it more wearable for the modern woman. The longer-in-front, blouson style is correct for the period: the blouse is a special find for the collector.
The condition is excellent.
It measures: 36" bust and waist, 23" sleeve length, 20" center-front length, and 15" center-back length.