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Napoleonic Bees Needle Lace Collar

Napoleonic Bees Needle Lace Collar

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Description
Napoleonic bees decorate this Alençon needlelace collar. The bee motifs are applied to the background net, motifs of laurel wreaths adorn the outside edge. It was pieced together to make collar, probably during the third quarter of the 19th century. The collar matches the pattern on the bed set Napoleon ordered for his firstborn. The background mesh is mostly wrapped Argentan brides tortillées.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lace
lace, collar
Object Type
lace
date made
1805-1810
commissioner
Napoleon I Emperor of France
maker
unknown
place made
France
Physical Description
linen (overall material)
needle lace, Alençon (overall material)
Measurements
overall, inside edge: 25 in x 6 in; 63.5 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
TE.L7689
catalog number
L7689
accession number
58000
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Annie-May Hegeman, 1915
subject
Adornment
Costume
Lace
Lace Making
Linen
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Clothing & Accessories
Lace
Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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