4.3 yards black cotton lace, c.1900
This exquisite lace panel came from a wealthy New England estate. Everything in the collection was of exceptional quality. The pieces obviously belonged to a lady with an eye for design as well as the means to acquire fine textiles.
Although machine made, the lace has a unique pattern of berries ripening on a tree. The design successfully combines two aesthetic principles that are often in opposition: verisimilitude and schematic representation.
You will not find anything so fine in a modern lace. The original owner must have thought highly of it because it was carefully stored with many pieces of fine handmade lace.
The condition is excellent.
It measures 19" by 4.3 yards.