Isidore de Rudder Designed Pillow Top

Description
This pillow top was designed by the Belgian sculptor Isidore de Rudder (1855-1943). The design of starfish, crabs, and eels in seaweed with the central inscription “1914 Yzer 1915” commemorates a famous battle at the Yzer River, where Belgian engineers prevented the German troops from advancing by manipulating the locks on the Yzer River to flood the surrounding fields.
This pillow top in point de Venise style needle lace was made by Belgian lace makers during World War I. The pattern is preserved in the Royal Museum of Art and History in Brussels.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lace
pillow top
war lace
Object Type
lace
made during
1915-1918
part of design
1915
1914
facilitator
Hoover, Herbert
designer
de Rudder, Isidore
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
needle lace (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 16 in x 16 in; 40.64 cm x 40.64 cm
place made
Belgium
ID Number
TE*E383966
catalog number
E383966
accession number
172208
subject
War Laces
Textiles
Lace
Government, Politics, and Reform
European History
Domestic Furnishings
Art
Cotton
Textiles
Lace
War Laces
event
Battle of the Yser
World War I
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Textiles
Lace
War Laces
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Vicomtesse de Beughem
similar type referenced
Kellogg, Charlotte (Hoffman). Bobbins of Belgium: A Book of Belgian Lace, Lace-Workers, Lace-Schools and Lace-Villages
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