Belgian Provinces and Allied Nations Tablecloth

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Description
This square table cover has shields of the nine Belgian provinces in the center and a border of animals representing four of the initial Allied powers: Bear (Russia), Lion (Belgium), Rooster (France), and Unicorn (Great Britain). The motifs were executed in Point de Paris bobbin lace and pulled thread embroidery by Belgian lace makers during World War I.
Location
Currently not on view
made during
1914-1919
maker
unknown
depicted
Belgium
Rossiya
France
United Kingdom: England
provincial seal depicted
België: Vlaanderen, Limburg
België: Vlaanderen, West-Vlaanderen
België: Wallonie, Namur
België: Vlaanderen, Antwerpen
België: Brabant
België: Wallonie, Liège
België: Vlaanderen, Oost-Vlaanderen
België: Wallonie, Hainaut, Province de
België: Wallonie, Luxembourg
Physical Description
cotton (lace material)
linen (woven strips material)
lace, bobbin lace, Point de Paris (overall production method/technique)
hemstitching, pulled thread (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 31 in x 31 in; 78.74 cm x 78.74 cm
ID Number
TE.E383965
catalog number
E383965
accession number
172208
Credit Line
Gift of Vicomtesse de Beughem
subject
Lace
European History
coat-of-arms
Cotton
Linen
related event
World War I
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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