Handmade Honiton lace panel, late 19th century
The extremely fine Honiton lace is assembled from separate floral motifs made by different lace makers. It has been made in East Devon, England for centuries. From the 16th century, Honiton developed gradually from various types of embroidery, cutwork, and drawn thread work. Honiton lace was a favorite of Queen Victoria, who commissioned it for her coronation gown
The bobbin lace in the panel is made from delicate beige flax thread. The panel is backed with matching silk chiffon. The panel can be used as a layover pillow sham. Alternatively, drape the panel over the back of your couch, where you and your friends can appreciate the lacemaker's art. This is the essence of connoisseurship.
The rich complexity achievable with the Honiton technique is evident in the intricate, gossamer floral design. In 1841 Queen Victoria's first child Vicky was christened wearing a robe trimmed with Honiton lace. Since then, the Royal Family has bought Honiton lace for special garments. In 1981 Princess Diana had some on her wedding dress.
The condition is almost excellent. The lace is slightly uneven in color due to age. I do not regard this as a flaw but rather as part of the charm of an antique piece.
It measures 15" by 33".