Fan Leaf with Weaponry and Designer's Name

Description
This fan leaf was designed for the Belgian Lace Committee by Belgian painter Charles Michel. His name is worked in needle lace into the ground (reseau) along the inner edge. The central motif of helmet, swords and weaponry is flanked on either side by the war years 1914 and 1915. The rising sun, laurel leaves and other floral motifs are also included. Brussels bobbin lace was mainly used for the motifs and connected with Point de Gaze type needle lace. Belgian lace makers made this fan leaf during World War I. It has never been mounted to fan sticks.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lace
fan leaf
war lace
lace, war lace
Object Type
lace
made during
1915-1916
part of design
1914
1915
maker
unknown
designer
Michel, Charles
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
lace, bobbin and needle lace, Mixed Brussels (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
fan leaf depth, outer edge: 6 1/4 in x 33 in; 15.875 cm x 83.82 cm
place made
Belgium
ID Number
TE*T14505
catalog number
T14505
accession number
273245
subject
War Laces
Cotton
Textiles
Lace
Government, Politics, and Reform
European History
Art
Textiles
Lace
War Laces
event
World War I
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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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