Lace Exhibition: Gateways: An exhibition by the 98 Lace Group – September to November 2014

Gateways: An Exhibition by the 98 Lace Group
Dates:  September 6 to November 1, 2014 (Wisbech & Fenland)
September 1 to October 31 (Octavia View)
Place: Wisbech & Fenland Museum
Museum Square, Wisbech PE13 1ES  UK
Ancillary show at Octavia View
10a-14 South Brink, Wisbech PE13 1JQ UK
Hours: 10:00 to 16:00 Tuesday through Saturday  (Wisbech & Fenland)
Admission:  Free admission
Website: http://tinyurl.com/kgxeyql
Contact:  http://www.98lacegroup.org.uk/contact.html

I’m updating the announcement that was first posted back in May, 2014.

The gateway as a portal to the mind, to the spiritual and mineral riches in the landscape, to the release from bondage under slavery or as a way to negotiate the rocky path we have to negotiate to achieve our goals in life – all these and more are to be the subjects of an exciting exhibition currently under development for Wisbech.

Artists from the 34-strong 98 Lace Group, a national body which showcases contemporary lace as a modern expressive medium rather than a traditional trimming, will stage their show ‘Gateways’ from September 6 to November 1 at Wisbech Museum, with an ancillary show at Octavia View (September 1 – October 31).

Four local primary schools will also have hands-on sessions to open up bobbin lace techniques, to the next generation, in conjunction with the UK Lace Guild, and there will be many other practical demonstrations during the autumn.

One important weekend is when National Lacemaking Day coincides with National Heritage Weekend on September 13 during which there will be demonstrations at both venues and at Peckover House.

The group has been working with Wisbech Museum and The Ferry Project to stage the two exhibitions, the latest in a line of shows which have taken their modern approach to the Bowes Museum in County Durham, Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery in the Midlands, the de Morgan Gallery in London and many others since their inauguration in 1998.

These pioneering British lace artists, who also include overseas lacemakers among their number from time to time (currently with one member from New Zealand), use traditional techniques but with an unusual modern sensibility, also drawing in other textile approaches such as felting and embroidery, to give this delicate and diaphanous medium an ever-stronger voice which is also gaining headway internationally. A number of group members teach and exhibit all over the world.

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Ebay Alerts! Nineteen items – July 27, 2014

http://tinyurl.com/mzejacb Antique 19thC Handmade Wedding Brussels LACE Handkerchief
Size: 14″ square
Starting Price: $85.00
Auction ends: Jul 27, 2014 10:23:04 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller ogop, Lincoln, Massachusetts, United States
Comments: A Duchesse de Bruges handkerchief. This does a lot with few motifs, and the work is carefully done. Gimp edges, no raised work, which pushes it toward the Bloemwerk side, but not quite out of the Duchesse category. I especially like the treatment next to the cloth. Some thought has gone into this piece and it has a nice presence.
Provenance:  From a local estate
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Some pinholes in the center cloth.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Horizontal and vertical fold creases.

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http://tinyurl.com/o9pxtjw BEAUTIFUL FINE ANTIQUE LACE FLOUNCE VERY LONG 250 INS BY 13.5 INS BRUSSELS LACE?  
Size: 13.5″ x 250″
Starting Price: 0.99 GBP
Auction ends: Jul 27, 2014 11:07:07 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller celestial20_0, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
Comments: A moderately wide border of Brussels applique on machine net.  Romantic, rather vertical design, with some simple needlelace fillings.  No esprits in the upper ground. The motifs are well done, although a little large – the design isn’t quite as sophisticated as the typical ‘crinoline flounce’. Which for me, keeps it out of that category. I’m thinking it’s a later 19th c piece.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut one end, can’t see the other end.  (On applications I don’t mention the engrelure, since this was always added to this type of lace).
Damage: Some holes and tears in the tulle, especially near motifs. nLooks like two repairs near the top edge, although these might just be loose threads. Some of the engrelure is coming use.
Soilage: Some localized dark brown staining.
Finish: Some light wrinkling, often along the foot edge.

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http://tinyurl.com/pjc9smn HANDMADE PONIT DE VENISE MEDALLION INSET NEEDLE LACE HERALDIC COAT OF ARMS 6″
Size: 6″ square
Starting Price: 0.99 GBP
Auction ends: Jul 27, 2014 18:50:45 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller kuchcollectiblesandvintagelinens, Ronkonkoma, New York United States
Comments: A needlelace medallion showing the Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom. I can’t see enough detail to tell how the cordonnet is buttonholed, but it looks like the loose Brussels (Zele) method. About the only reason someone would do this design in Belgium is for patriotic display during WWI, so this just might qualify as a “War Lace”. There’s no real way of telling without the actual provenance.  The work is quite detailed and nicely done.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: There’s a hole in the bridework by the unicorn’s tail, but I can’t see an obvious break.
Soilage: Seller cites ‘storage shadowing’, not sure I know what that means.
Finish: No obvious creases – edge is a little twisted.

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http://tinyurl.com/qfq84vs Vintage Irish Crochet Lae Collar-Light Ecru
Size: ~4″ to 6″ wide, 14″ neckline, 33″ outside edge.
Starting Price: $45.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: Jul 27, 2014 20:00:33 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller celestial20_0, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
Comments: An Irish Crochet collar, I think the picots are crocheted loops.  Numerous raised rings, especially used in a grape pattern. There are 5 different motifs, all closely worked.  Arrangement is nicely done, although symmetry is thrown off a tiny bit due to placement.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Minor break top left inside edge.
Soilage: Seller cites a light ecru color – hard to tell it looks so yellow in the photo. This is a lighting issues.  Closeups are better.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

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http://tinyurl.com/qcfvfx7 ANTIQUE LACE- CREAM NEEDLERUN LACE MANTILLA
Size: ~18″ x 3 feet
Starting Price: $29.99
Auction ends: Jul 28, 2014 03:40:06 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, Irvington, New York, New York
Comments: An embroidered machine net triangular shawl or mantilla, fairly small.  Good needlerun design with a few filling stitches and a little cutwork at flower centers.  The edge looks buttonholed, although the closeup isn’t too clear.  I’m guessing it was made for the Spanish market.
Provenance:  Museum deaccession
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos
Soilage: Seller cites a cream color with a few storage spots.
Finish: Some fold creases.

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http://tinyurl.com/o92qb6s ANTIQUE LACE-BRUSSELS DUCHESSE LACE
Size: ~5″ x 73″
Starting Price: $95.00
Auction ends: Jul 28, 2014 03:40:06 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, Irvington, New York, New York
Comments: An border of Duchesse de Bruges with some tiny needle-made rings used as flower centers. Irregular brides are not picoted. The design is not particularly sophisticated – more a middle-market piece. Little raised work, more on the bloemwerk side.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see the ends to tell if they are cut.  Engrelure added.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Some light vertical creasing.

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http://tinyurl.com/kmovdhb ANTIQUE LACE-GREEK FIGURAL OVAL INSERTIONS
Size: each ~6″ x 10″
Starting Price: $29.99
Auction ends: Jul 28, 2014 03:53:46 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, Irvington, New York, New York
Comments: Four ovals of a free reticella needlelace, probably Greek given the angular appearance and the raised work decoration.  All basically the same pattern, although the third one has a different ground and is facing the opposite way from the others. We see a lot of figural bobbinlace from Italy like this, but needlelace doesn’t come up too often.
Provenance:  Museum deaccession
Condition:
Modifications: None.  Note the blue embroidery on the 2nd piece, looks like initials.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Seller cites a few storage stains.
Finish: No obvious creasing, edges on two of them aren’t quite sharp.

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http://tinyurl.com/p8luw2k PRETTY MALTESE ANTIQUE LACE STOLE /LAPPET AND SMALL COLLAR
Size: each 7″ x 69″ – scarf
Starting Price: 19.00 GBP
Auction ends: Jul 28, 2014 11:16:02 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller celestial20_0, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
Comments: A Maltese scarf and a dress front. The dress front is fairly plain. The scarf has some nice guipure and a row of sun pattern around the outer edge.  A nice, typical example.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

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http://tinyurl.com/l4w3m8g 53ins antique/vintage 18C Brussels bobbin lace
Size: 2.6″ x 53″
Starting Price: 30.00 GBP
Auction ends: Jul 28, 2014 11:19:52 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A border of pieced bobbinlace with droschel ground, mid 18th c. This has an English feel to me with larger, more naive motifs, large areas of fillings of picoted brides and some partridge eyes.  The design does go through variations within the general pattern along the length.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut both ends, engrelure added. The picot edge at the lower border is a later addition.  I think I see one seam near one end.
Damage: Repairs to the ground, general wear. I think one area of fillings has been replaced, no closeup to tell for certain. A few pinholes in the mesh.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

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http://tinyurl.com/lnueuum Beautiful Antique Vtg Hand Crocheted 26″ Irish Crochet Lace Table Doily Doilies
Size: 26″ in diameter
Starting Price: $38.00
Auction ends: Jul 28, 2014 19:15:19 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller umustcit, Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States
Comments: A table cover of geometric Irish Crochet with a few raised peta roses. The seller has other listings of accompanying doilies, #131248371287, #151361312710, #131248381765. I think this is an Irish work mainly because of the presences of the typical three-branched motifs. I think the ground is needle-made, although there aren’t enough closeups to tell for certain. The border is also a bit atypical. Looks like an early 20th c product.
Provenance:  Estate sale.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Seller cites some very light age spots.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

131248388483

http://tinyurl.com/n8wdvn8 Antique early Italian needle lace Punto in Aria ? long & wide length
Size: 9-3/4″ x 88″
Starting Price: 30.00 GBP
Auction ends: Jul 29, 2014 06:45:40 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller discover4, London, United Kingdom
Comments: A border of plaited bobbinlace. With the plaited leaves, my first thought is that it’s a 19th c German piece, or perhaps a Cluny. However the trails of what looks like a cord, is a technique that was actually patented by Mrs. Treadwin in England later in the 19th c.  Since I read her recent biography I’m relabeling a lot of my ‘Cluny’ pieces as English, and that might apply here also.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: Looks intact, but I’m not sure if the ends are original.
Damage: Seller cites a few minor repairs and a rejoin (which I can’t find).
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Seller says it is stiff, might have been starched.

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http://tinyurl.com/nx4pns3 Antique Honiton handmade lace lovely Collar with Thistles
Size: 17″ neckline, 3″ down center back, ~4.25″ down front points
Starting Price: 15.99 GBP
Auction ends: Jul 29, 2014 06:57:16 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller discover4, London, United Kingdom
Comments: A small Honiton round collar. Snails/slugs style with picoted brides, quite nicely worked. Thistle and flower design, overall If ind it quite pleasing.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Seller cites a few minor pulls.
Soilage: Looks clean
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

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http://tinyurl.com/nbmy5a2 beautiful well worked brussels point de gaze +needlace collar/dress front
Size: 10″ x 17″
Starting Price: 30.00 GBP
Auction ends: Jul 29, 2014 07:50:55 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller reddolly123, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Comments: A dress front with very long frontpieces of Point de Gaze. Raised petal roses with two layers, and some good decorative ‘mode’ fillings.  A good design and an unusual form, although a little hard to tell since the overall front photo is out of focus.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: Remnants of cloth attached.
Damage: Small holes in the mesh throughout.
Soilage: Seller cites from brown marks perhaps from hooks. Color is more ecru than in the photos.
Finish: Quite wrinkled

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http://tinyurl.com/lru8p7k Antique Rosaline handmade lace lovely collar
Size: 20″ neck edge, 4″ center back, 5″ across widest point
Starting Price: 39.99 GBP
Auction ends: Jul 29, 2014 09:05:03 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller discover4, London, United Kingdom
Comments: A Belgian Rosaline collar, no perls. There is some raised work, interesting fillings, and delicate technique. I especially like the edge treatment.  Not your typical Rosaline, but still within the style.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Seller cites a few minor pulls.
Soilage: Looks clean
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

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http://tinyurl.com/qappatd Grand et large volant dentelle XIXe petites imperfections voir photos
Size: 46 cm x 400 cm
Starting Price: 49.00 EUR
Auction ends: Jul 29, 2014 14:52:17 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller gede34, France métropolitaine
Comments: A very wide, long Chantilly border. Typical romantic floral border with swags along the lower edge.  No esprits in the upper ground. Hard to tell the density of color, which is one means of distinguishing Belgian from French products.
Condition:
Modifications: One end might be finished, can’t see the other end.  Engrelure added at top and one end.
Damage: A few racroc separations and some small holes..
Soilage: Looks clean, but hard to tell with black lace.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

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http://tinyurl.com/nxbdkat 55 ins antique/vintage Honiton lace border – roses and leaves.
Size: 6″ x 55″
Starting Price: 12.50 GBP
Auction ends: Jul 30, 2014 10:38:06 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A border of Honiton guipure. The seller cautions about two ‘pieced-in’ area, which is correct. But they don’t interrupt the design too much. Overall this is a very good quality Honiton, dense and well worked.
Condition:
Modifications: Some parts pieced in, cut one end, other end might be original.
Damage: Some broken brides.
Soilage: Localized and uneven color throughout.
Finish: No obvious creases, a bit wrinkled.

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http://tinyurl.com/nrojv68 Dentelle ancienne XIXe siècle 19 th century application main point aiguille
Size: 22 cm x 250 cm
Starting Price: 195.00 EUR
Auction ends: Jul 31, 2014 08:49:22 Paris
Offered by: Ebay seller gede34, France métropolitaine, France
Comments: A border of Brussels bobbin and needlelace applique on machine net.  Romantic design, finely worked, esprits in the upper ground.  The needlelace band above the lower edge is unusual. I especially like the fringed ‘leaves’ at the lower border. This isn’t the highest end market piece, but very respectable.
Condition:
Modifications: Almost looks like both ends are finished, but hard to tell form the photos.
Damage: Some joining in of the mesh, might be original from the factory.  Net is in very good condition.
Soilage: Occasional small brown spot.
Finish: Some vertical fold marks.

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http://tinyurl.com/mr26278 44 ins antique/vintage Brussels applique lace flounce
Size: 4.3″ x 44″
Starting Price: 25.00 GBP
Auction ends: Aug 01, 2014 10:20:40 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A border of Brussels bobbinlace application on machine net. This is a narrow piece, and the motifs are rather finely done. Esprits n the ground – this is a complex piece given the size. Wish there were more.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see the ends to tell if they are cut.
Damage: A few pinholes, I see one repair in the tulle.
Soilage: Seller cites occasional small brown age mark.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles, although not much is showon in the photos. The motifs do have that slightly shrunken washed look, although the tulle seems fine.

231291034741

http://tinyurl.com/pulgu2e A VINTAGE MALTESE SILK LACE BERTHA COLLAR – Hand Made
Size: 37″ neck edge, 5.75″ deep
Starting Price: 10.00 EUR
Auction ends: Aug 02, 2014 07:03:52 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller garden*hill, Reading, United Kingdom
Comments: A bertha of Maltese lace.  Maltese is very often found on Ebay, in fact according to my records for the past 3 years, it is the most often found type. But brthas are a little rare. This one has a 3-layer construction; flower and crosses on the outer edge, crosses embedded in a ground of flowers in the middle, and wheat-ear pattern along the neck.  Borders at the ends are also separate, but this is probably original.
Condition:
Modifications: I think none.
Damage: Occasional loose thread. It has an overall worn appearance.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Wrinkled, especially along the edges.

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Lace Event Spain: XIII Encuentro de Bolilleras “Villa de Quel” – July 27, 2014

XIII Encuentro de Bolilleras “Villa de Quel” (Arnedo, La Rioja)
Organizers: l’Asociación de Mujeres de Quel
Ajuntament de Quel
Date: Sunday, July 27, 2014
Time:  Starts at 10:00
Place:  El Plaze del Teatro
Information and Registration:  alcaldia@aytoquel.e.telefonica.net

I think this event is associated with the Fiesta Pan y Queso (aka Paniqueso) de Quel. There is virtually no information, although I see announcements for the 2013 Encuentro. So I’m taking most of the information from those.  I can’t seem to find the Quel city website either.  Apparently the Paniqueso fiesta started in 1479 and is one of the oldest in Spain.

quel map

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Lace Event Spain: Trobada de Puntaires, Santa Cristina d’Aro – July 26, 2014

Trobada de Puntaires, Santa Cristina d’Aro (Vallès Oriental, Barcelona, Catalonia)
Organizers: Ass. Gent Gran Santa Cristina d’Aro
Ajuntament de Santa Cristina d’Aro
Date: Saturday, July 26, 2014
Time:  17:00 – 2000
Place:  Pl. del Mercat
Website:   http://tinyurl.com/muo5lbp
Information and Registration:  Janet, 972837336 (from 2013)

This event is part of the Festa Major de Santa Cristina d’Aro, which runs from July 19-31, 2014. It attracts a little over 100 lacemakers.

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Santa Cristina map

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Lace Event Spain: 9a Trobada de Puntaires Vilalba dels Arcs – July 27, 2014

9a Trobada de Puntaires Vilalba dels Arcs (Terra Alta, Tarragona, Catalonia)
Organizers: el Grup de Puntaires de Vilalba dels Arcs
Ajuntament de Vilalba dels Arcs, Diputació Tarragona, Consell Comarcal de la Terra Alta,
Consorci Administració Oberta de Catalunya
Date: Sunday, July 27, 2014
Time:  See Agenda
Place:  la Plaça de la Vila
Website:   http://tinyurl.com/kou566f
Information and Registration:  Mª. Teresa Vallespí Malgá- 977 438 036
mtvallespimalga@gmail.com

Agenda
10:00 Meeting and welcome at the Plaça de la Vila, pastry tasting
11:30  Breakfast and distribution of gift bags
12:00 Prize drawing
13:00 Conclusion of the event.

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Lace Event Spain: XIX Trobada de Puntaires Llívia – July 27, 2014

XIX Trobada de Puntaires Llívia (Cerdanya, Girona, Catalonia)
Organizers:  Ajuntament de Llívia
Date: Sunday, July 27, 2014
Time: 10:30 to 13:30
Place: Plaça del Moli
Websites: http://tinyurl.com/ojlv335
Information and Registration: Anna Mari, Inma 972896011 / 661376702

This event was originally planned for June 8th, but was rescheduled for July 27th. I’m rewriting my previous post.

LLivia map

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Lace Event Spain: XV Encuentro de Bolillos en Munera – July 26, 2014

XV Encuentro de Bolillos en Munera (Albacete, Castile-La Mancha)
Organizers: Asociación de Artesanas de Bolillos “Bella Quiteria de Munera”
Ayuntamiento de Munera
Date: Saturday, July 26, 2014
Time:  Starts at 10:00
Place:  Auditorio Municipal
Website:  http://tinyurl.com/ljdt6ku
Information and Registration:  Isidra Blazquez Morcillo, 967372298

This event draws about 200 participants.

Munera map

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