Bayeux Tapestry Motifs Needle Lace Runner

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Description
This needle lace table runner illustrates scenes from the Bayeux Tapestry. Scenes before, during and after the Battle of Hastings, England, in 1066 between Harold and William the Conqueror are depicted along the sides and ends of this nine meter long cloth. It might have been commissioned for the banquet table in one of the numerous grand mansions built in the USA early in the 1900’s. The Melville and Ziffer lace workshop in Le Puy, France, exhibited an almost identical table runner at the 1906 Paris World Exhibition.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1900-1910
designer
Melville & Ziffer
maker
Melville & Ziffer
place made
France: Auvergne, Le Puy
Physical Description
linen (overall material)
needle lace (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 362 1/2 in x 43 in; 920.75 cm x 109.22 cm
ID Number
1985.0162.01
accession number
1985.0162
catalog number
1985.0162.01
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Carl S. Gewirz, 1985
subject
Cotton
Lace
Lace Making
Needle Lace
related event
Battle of Hastings, 1066
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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