Isidore de Rudder Designed Pillow Top

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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
made during
1915-1918
part of design
1915
1914
facilitator
Hoover, Herbert
designer
de Rudder, Isidore
place made
Belgium
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
ID Number
TE.E383966
catalog number
E383966
accession number
172208
Credit Line
Gift of Vicomtesse de Beughem
subject
Lace
European History
Cotton
related event
Battle of the Yser
World War I
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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