Isidore de Rudder Designed Pillow Top


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.

Made During: 1915-1918Part Of Design: 19151914

Facilitator: Hoover, HerbertDesigner: de Rudder, Isidore

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Belgium

Web Subject: LaceEuropean HistoryUsed: CottonRelated Event: Battle of the YserWorld War I


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Related Publication: Bulletin van het Rijksmuseum, Kellogg, Charlotte (Hoffman). Bobbins of Belgium: A Book of Belgian Lace, Lace-Workers, Lace-Schools and Lace-Villages

Credit Line: Gift of Vicomtesse de Beughem

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.E383966Catalog Number: E383966Accession Number: 172208

Object Name: lacepillow topwar laceObject Type: lace

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


Record Id: nmah_620677

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