Cantù Bobbin Lace Tablecloth Insertion

Description
This is classical Italian Cantù bobbin lace from about 1900. It is of fine quality made particularly to sell abroad. Originally apparently four placemats and two long runners, it does not have a sewing edge where the pieces are attached. It has two-dimensional animal and flower motifs made in finer thread than the rest of the lace. Animal figures are made first, starting at the outer points and working to the center. This provides neater points as well as the additional threads needed for the larger areas. It also aids in more appropriately and neatly attaching the trails.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lace
lace, tablecloth insertion
Object Type
lace
date made
ca 1900
maker
unknown
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
bobbin lace, cantù (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
each long panel: 100 in x 11 in; 254 cm x 27.94 cm
each cross panel: 23 1/2 in x 17 in; 59.69 cm x 43.18 cm
place made
Italia: Lombardia, Cantù
ID Number
TE*T12044
catalog number
T12044
accession number
202257
subject
Cotton
Lace
Bobbin Lace
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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