Ebay Alerts! Twenty-two items – August 18, 2014

http://tinyurl.com/odq4vzm Stunning Antique Honiton Hand Made Bobbin Lace Bertha Collar
Size: neckline 13″, back depth 7″, front depth 8.5″
Starting Price: 82.00 GBP
Auction ends: Aug 17, 2014 05:25:10 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller pbur3053, Selkirk, United Kingdom
Comments: A deep collar of Honiton with a needle-made mesh, “Point Honiton”. The design is rather on the snails/slugs side, a bit scattered but with an attempt at symmetry. Turkey tails around the outside edge, and some interesting floral work inside. I especially like the extensive woven tally leadwork grids.  Honiton with this type of ground was made well into the 20th century, so this is difficult to date, but I wouldn’t go too early on it.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Occasional loose thread.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

281409016217   Sold for 82.00 GBP, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/lvojkqt Beautiful Antique Handmade Brussels Guipure Bobbin Lace Bertha Collar
Size: neckline 35″, depth 6″
Starting Price: 78.00 GBP
Auction ends: Aug 17, 2014 06:05:04 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller pbur3053, Selkirk, United Kingdom
Comments: I think this is probably a Bruges bertha.  The double picoted brides, the use of gimp, and the little ‘islands’ in the brides are all characteristic of Bloemwerk.  Three is also some raised rolled veining, and the single woven tally used in flower centers. One of the filings used seems to be the Dieppe ground, and it is done quite extensively in this piece.  But the small flowers look a little different from what you usually see in Bloemwerk, so another origin is possible.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

281409039832   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/n9w4pdx  Collection 45 Samples Hanmade Bedfordshire Bobbin Lace
Size: some 24 cm long, most around 45 cm, others 60-74 cm
Starting Price: 42.00 GBP
Auction ends: Aug 17, 2014 06:15:03 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller pbur3053, Selkirk, United Kingdom
Comments: I’m not much for short samples, but this collection is really interesting. It appears to be a collection of short Beds sample borders, and one could speculate that they might have come from some kind of sample book.  Or maybe a lacemaker was just practicing technique with short lengths – we often see that, but more for the 1970’s and onward bobbinlace revival.  I don’t think professional lacemakers would have done this. None of them are particularly complex, but still it’s a very interesting set.
Provenance: None cited
Condition:
Modifications: All cut at the ends.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

281409045470  Sold for 46.00 GBP, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/p9kw2uk 19th C. Long English Honiton Bobbin lace Collar Cox Collection
Size: ~4″ x 32″ neckline
Starting Price: $45.00
Auction ends: Aug 17, 2014 07:00:26 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: A narrow collar of Honiton Point lace, which is Honiton guipure with a needle-made ground.  Snails/slugs style, nicely organized with turkey tails along the outer border and a nice looped motive along the neckline. Some woven tally leadwork fillings, but not many.
Provenance: Ex. coll. Susan Cox of the English Lace School, Tiverton.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: “Clean ivory white”.
Finish: Some light creasing.

131261170654   Sold for $45.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/lrxjqfu ANTIQUE LACE- EARLY BOBBIN LACE W/BUTTERFLIES
Size: 1-3/4″ x 93.5″
Starting Price: $45.00 with reserve
Auction ends: Aug 17, 2014 11:16:59 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, Irvington, New York, United States
Comments: A narrow mid 18th c Brussels bobbinlace with droschel ground. Note the picoted bride mesh surrounding some motifs.  Various snowflake-type fillings also used.  I’m not sure I can see the butterflies, mostly look like elaborate flowers to me.  Excellent fine work – finer than it looks, remember the narrow width.
Provenance: None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see the ends to tell if they are cut.
Damage: Scattered small repairs and openings.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Light wrinkling – seller calls it ‘not ironed out in pictures’.

390907238566   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/okcy3lp ANTIQUE LACE- SUPERB BRUSSELS POINT DE GAZE
Size: ~14″ x 15″ at bottom
Starting Price: $295.00
Auction ends: Aug 17, 2014 11:46:19 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, Irvington, New York, United States
Comments: Hmmm.  I think this is Alençon, a fragment of a fairly wide border. Thje design is very much in the Brussels Point de Gaze style, but the toilé is much too dense, the the decorative ‘mode’ fillings very elaborate.  The petals of the roses are also not raised, just sculpted with the cordonnet. Also the picots on the lower border are not typical of Point de Gaze – they look like horsehair-made picots with the horsehair taken out. I wish there was an extreme closeup of the mesh which could settle the matter. I’m also thinking this might have been all there was made, and it’s not cut from a longer piece. That’s just a feeling from what I can see of the ‘cut’ ends.  It’s quite an extraordinary piece.
Provenance: None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: Undetermined.  But there is an engrelure added, which would argue for its having been cut down from a longer piece.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Light wrinkling, but reasonably flat.

390907254728   Sold for $595.50, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/p67x4bl Antique Maltese Lace Handmade Silk Blonde Panel Wide Flounce French Doll Dress
Size: 19″ neckline, 44″ outside, 7″ deep
Starting Price: $0.99
Auction ends: Aug 17, 2014 18:14:14 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller 4mimiandme, Brockport, New York, United States
Comments: This doesn’t look like Maltese, I think it might be a French product. The raised woven leaves on the clothstitch ovals are something you see more in the Cluny-type laces, and there is a little-documented type that was often made in silk.  It may not be the most impressive looking piece, but if you look at it closeup, the technique is quite nice.
Provenance: None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean – natural ivory color.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

131264415506   Sold for $31.76, 10 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/lcxc9jy ANTIQUE LACE BEAUTIFUL POINT DE GAZE COLLAR LEAF PATTERN
Size: 20″ x 19″ laid flat, 4″ center depth
Starting Price: $49.99
Auction ends: Aug 17, 2014 18:54:51 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller kuchcollectiblesandvintagelinens,Ronkonkoma, New York, United States
Comments: A narrow pieced bobbinlace that does a lot with a few leaf and two flower designs. I especially like the detail and shading on the large leaves. Origin is uncertain – might be Bruges from the use of gimps, and simple irregular brides.  The technique is really quite nice.
Provenance: None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Occasional rough spot on the neckline, one large hole where the brides have broken.
Soilage: Cream color.
Finish: A little wrinkled.

161391637795   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/nfufmr6 ANTIQUE LACE MILANESE LACE BOBBIN LACE FLOUNCE LARGE 21″ X 136″ 3,77 YD
Size: 21″ x 136″
Starting Price: $29.99
Auction ends: Aug 17, 2014 18:56:38 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller kuchcollectiblesandvintagelinens,Ronkonkoma, New York, United States
Comments: A wide border of what looks like Milanese.  It does have a characteristically early 5-pointed star plaited ground, irregularly placed between motifs. The motifs are well sculpted with some holes in the clothwork, and there are some interesting fillings. Is it an early piece? Open to debate – this type of lace was extensively copied in the 19th century in Italy, so I think it would need much closer examination to decide.  Although I am impressed with halfstitch and wholestitch shading, almost like what you see in early Valenciennes.  My feeling is to go pretty early on this piece.
Provenance: None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see ends to tell if they are cut.
Damage: Seller documents some holes and edge frays.
Soilage: Ivory color – overall age darkening and storage spots.
Finish: A few light creases that I can see.

361018792301   Sold for $303.00, 10 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/mh5coyp ANTIQUE LINENS=FINE CANTU LACE PLACEMATS
Size: 12 mats, each ~12″ x 17″
Starting Price: $395.00
Auction ends: Aug 18, 2014 07:09:24 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, Irvington, New York, United States
Comments: 12 Cantú placemats. Fairly elaborate design of typical scrolls with 4-5 petaled flower heads and hooks.  No real figural work except for some simple bows.  Note the mesh ground around the center medallion, photos not close enough to tell how it is made. I wonder if this was part of a larger set.
Provenance: None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos – look unused.
Soilage: Seller cites a few light storage stains.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

390909169012   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/m8gzt67 Magnificent Mid to Late 19th Century Fine Brussels Antique Lace Collar~Mint…
Size: 24″ outside edge, 5″ deep
Starting Price: 45.00 GBP
Auction ends: Aug 18, 2014 02:03:22 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller happy-fella, East Sussex,, United Kingdom
Comments: A Brussels Duchesse square necked collar or dress front. One large Point de Gaze insert with raised petal roses center front, smaller inserts elsewhere. Some of these others have nothing but elaborate grids of decorative ‘mode’ fillings. Some good raised work in the bobbinlace, although not many different motifs are used.  I find the design a little odd with the big PdG center insert and then a more contrasting Duchesse on the sides – but it doesn’t look pieced together.
Provenance: Seller is listing a friend’s collection.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos – PdG mesh looks in good shape.
Soilage: A few localized brown spots, minor.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

201148263113   Sold for 62.00 GBP, 5 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/qha4lj9 ANTIQUE VINTAGE DUCHESSE BRUSSELS LACE 1800S HANDKERCHIEF STUNNING WEDDING
Size: 12″ square
Starting Price: 4.99 GBP
Auction ends: Aug 18, 2014 13:05:04 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller vickysilk, somerset, United Kingdom
Comments: A Brussels Duchesse handkerchief, no raised petals in the Point de Gaze insert roses. There are some diamond ‘windows’ in the needlelace petals, however, a sign of better quality work. Fairly conventional bobbinlace work.  Overall it has a nice look, but lots of condition issues.
Provenance: None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Holes in the PdG mesh, one cut section, a few broken bobbinlace brides.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

201146533330   Sold for 51.00 GBP, 7 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/pxov8uk ANTIQUE LACE WIDE LENGTH OF UNUSED HANDMADE POINT DE PARIS BOBBIN LACE
Size: 4″ x 138″
Starting Price: $75.00
Auction ends: Aug 19, 2014 09:02:29 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller greatlace, Naples, New York, United States
Comments: A long border of Point de Paris. I’m guessing this is early 20th century. There is a tag saying “Made in France”. I’ve seen this before and am not entirely sure what to make of it, because we often associate this lace with Belgium.  Good scrolling rose design.
Provenance: None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut one end, can’t see the other end.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Cream color.
Finish: Some vertical fold creases.

221521332935   Sold for $75.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/mjgcypb  Antique Brussels Point de Gaze Lace Capelet Hand Made Bobbin
Size: 16″ neckline, 70″ bottom edge.”
Starting Price: $138.98
Auction ends: Aug 19, 2014 18:22:41 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller cherubim_gates, Naples, New York, United States
Comments: A  deep collar or small cape of Brussels Duchesse. Raised petal roses in the Point de Gaze inserts, and the petals have diamond hole decorations.  The Duchesse is rather conventional, with some raised work on halfstitch background.  The piece is notable for the very large Point de Gaze inserts.
Provenance: None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: One small hole in the PdG mesh, a few broken brides.
Soilage: Seller cites 3 or 4 minute faint areas of discoloration.
Finish: Somewhat wrinkled.

161392527265   161392527265a   Sold for $220.12, 6 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/kjppxrm  72″ Length of Exquisite Mid 19th Century Fine Brussels Antique Lace…
Size: 7″ x 72″
Starting Price: 10.00 GBP
Auction ends: Aug 20, 2014 04:44:16 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller happy-fella, East Sussex,, United Kingdom
Comments: A  border of Brussels Duchesse, no raised work in the Point de Gaze inserts. A little on the Bruges Bloemwerk side as far as the bobbinlace goes, no raised work, just a gimp.
Provenance: Seller is listing a friend’s collection.
Condition:
Modifications: Cut both ends, engrelure added.
Damage: Some small holes and pinholes in the PdG mesh. Occasional broken bride.
Soilage: Hard to tell from the photos, but I think I see some areas of faint discoloration.
Finish: Some vertical fold lines, a little wrinkled.

201149451972   Sold for 122.00 GBP, 6 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/ppmanan  Antique Irish Crochet White Lace Collar Cuffs
Size: collar: 14″ neckline, 6″ deep.  cuffs: 3″ x 9″ each.
Starting Price: $49.99
Auction ends: Aug 20, 2014 17:09:56 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller septrose09, Woodland Park, Colorado, United States
Comments: A  deep collar and two matching cuffs of Irish Crochet. The pattern has interesting flowers, especially the one with the circle of rings – I’ve seen that before.  It’s a bit unusual to find a complete collar and cuff set, and this one is nicely worked with good tight stitches.  I do wish that the photographs would enlarge.
Provenance: None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: A little separation along center neckline.
Soilage: Might be a cream color?
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

331289500639

http://tinyurl.com/px3ucem  Fine Italian Needle Lace Mantle / Collar
Size: 18″ across laid flat. 17″ on eather side, 10.25″ center depth.
Starting Price: $350.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: Aug 20, 2014 19:00:37 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller textiles2012, Hydes, Maryland, United States
Comments: A  dress front of Venise needlelace, and I think it’s Belgian from the style of the flower center fillings and other decorative ‘mode’ fillings. Plus the outside picots appear to be joined by a single thread, that’s a Belgian characteristic of some of the finer Point de Gaze pieces. The piece has quite a beautiful Art Nouveau design, and the technique is excellent.
Provenance: “From an important early 20thc. collection” no details given.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: One fold line down the center.

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http://tinyurl.com/kzuh4sl  Most Exquisite Antique Brussels Lace /Linon Doilie ca. 1900s
Size: 13.5″ x 32″
Starting Price: $29.90
Auction ends: Aug 20, 2014 19:18:03 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller upkon13, Bad Wörishofen, Germany
Comments: A Brussels Duchesse table linen; I’ve never seen anything quite like this before. There are some wonderful needle-made grid fillings around the center cloth. The Duchesse is excellent, with a little raised work.  An interesting and unusual piece.
Provenance: None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Some puckering in the center cloth -it doesn’t lay flat, so I’m wondering if it might be a replacement.  The lace is slightly creased in one place.

390909146017

http://tinyurl.com/n32qtov  Extraordinary 19th C. Black Bedfordshire Bobbin lace Cape Collar COLLECTOR
Size: ~13″ deep center back
Starting Price: $95.00
Auction ends: Aug 20, 2014 20:14:35 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: A small cape of black silk Le Puy guipure.  Le Puy is famous for the complexity of its grounds – t his piece has the standard 6 pointed picoted star ground, and a more complex ground around the lower scallops.   The star ground is given some orientation by some double brides. I especially like the little star-motifs hanging free in the circular inserts.
Black silk guipures are an under appreciated lace in my opinion.  It’s hard for collectors to come to love so much black.  But given a chance you can find a lot there.
Provenance: None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: A few broken and frayed threads.
Soilage: Looks clean, but hard to tell with black lace.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

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http://tinyurl.com/lyl6q5q  Fine Little Brussels Lace Applique on net Collar — mid 19th C. CW Fashion
Size: ~1.75″ deep, 14.5″ neckline.
Starting Price: $38.00
Auction ends: Aug 20, 2014 21:02:55 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: A small, narrow collar of Brussels bobbinlace applique on machine tulle. Very small pieces of application are unusual, and I wonder if this isn’t an adaptation from a larger piece. Note the folded over tulle along the collar neckline, so I wonder if the neckline edge is a later addition. The motifs don’t look cut off, but the ends don’t really properly terminate.  The motifs are small, delicate and very nicely done.
Provenance: None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: Maybe.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos. Tulle looks in good shape.
Soilage: Pearl white. Seller says it has been washed, but gives no details.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

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http://tinyurl.com/mpsy8tp  Antique Handmade Wedding Hanky Stunning
Size: 13.5″ square
Starting Price: $65.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: Aug 22, 2014 08:22 AM PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller kikiantiques, West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Comments: A Ñanduti handkerchief. The usual palm leaf border is extended with fanciful frills – I haven’t seen that before. The corner sol motifs have two different patterns, and spaces in between are filled with jojoba pattern. Beautiful technique, probably around the 1950’s.  The trimming of the cloth where attached to the lace is a little rough.
Provenance: None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Some broken threads on the outer edge.
Soilage: I see a few tiny brown spots.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

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http://tinyurl.com/ozzr6zr  ANTIQUE STUNNING IRISH YOUGHAL NEEDLE LACE LARGE HANDKERCHIEF 17″ X 17″ VGC
Size: 17″ square
Starting Price: 5.50 GBP
Auction ends: Aug 23, 2014 06:08:26 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller collinsclarke, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Comments: A Youghal needlelace handkerchief. Not many fillings; this piece relies mostly on decorated clothwork.  It has a very beautiful flowing leaf and flowerhead design.  Beautiful symmetry and excellent technique.
Provenance: None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Fold lines and some lighter creases.

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Workshop UK: Wire Bobbin Lace for Contemporary Lace Makers, Lauran Sundin – Sept 10-12, 2014 – Correction

The Waddesdon Manor (England) Wire Lace Class, Sept 10-11-12, 2014, (http://tinyurl.com/pefdx7w) was incorrectly listed as a continuing wire bobbin lace class. It is an intro class and although basic bobbin lace skills are necessary; no previous wire experience is required. For further information: http://www.lauransundin.com/classes-and-lectures/class-schedule/

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Ebay Alerts! Twenty-three items – August 10, 2014

http://tinyurl.com/otmfrwl 17th C. Belgian lace in Berainesque style Long Barbe or Lappets
Size: 4″ x 2-1/3 yards
Starting Price: $175.00
Auction ends: Aug 10, 2014 16:10:43 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: A late 17th century Flemish piece, probably remade from a flounce to look like a set of lappets. Actual lappets of this style bobbinlace do exist, but with a much more symmetric design down their lengths. And the edging is a later addition. As Point de France needlelace developed in the later 17th century, other countries were quick to follow suite, and this is the low countries’ entry. Jean Bérain the Elder (1637-1711) is often associated with this style, as is his son, Jean Bérain the Younger. The took over for his father at the French court and worked in much the same style.  this piece has a typical design, and note the early raised work on some motifs.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: Reworked, probably from a flounce, with additional bobbin-made border added around ends and up one side. The border on the other side looks more in keeping with this style.  Hard to say when the modification was done.
Damage: A little worn along the edges, occasional broken bride and tiny repair.
Soilage: Seller says it has been freshly washed, but gives no details.
Finish: Looks like a smooth old patina, edges are a bit wrinkled in places.

131260170783   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/ojkc8bc Handmade Lace Fan Mother of Pearl Antiqueinvk28
Size: 10″ long, 18″ wide
Starting Price: $299.95
Auction ends: Aug 10, 2014 16:19:18:03 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller ladyhawthorne, Breckenridge, Texas, United States
Comments: A fan of Duchesse de Bruges with Mother of Pearl (abalone) and bone sticks. The lace is difficult to see against the yellow background. Conventional motifs, no obvious raised work. There are some tiny needlelace accents.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Ivory color
Finish: Expected fan folds.

151373322396   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/o3fe3js Superb brussels mixed lace collar .
Size: ~4.25″ deep
Starting Price: 25.00 GBP
Auction ends: Aug 11, 2014 05:21:34 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller reddolly123, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Comments: A Point de Gaze collar – it seems too small for a fan leaf, and the form isn’t quite right.  Raised petal roses, and many decorative ‘mode’ fillings of about 3 different types – especially note the triangular ones in the various oval cartouches.  Good design, a bit crowded, with excellent technique.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: I think I see a tiny bit of wear at the upper right inner corner, minor. Occasional frayed thread along the edges.
Soilage: Slightly greyish cream color.
Finish:Light creasing at center, probably from a fold.  The ends and edges don’t always stay flat.

351138619318   Sold for 58.67 GBP, 6 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/oxkjzwp Longue dentelle ancienne 1880/1900 Chantilly Ref Plum 1 Bel état
Size: 2 pieces, 10.5 cm x (475 cm, 280 cm)
Starting Price: 75.00 EUR Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: Aug 11, 2014 10:51:33 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller gede34, Dans des armoires, France
Comments: Two pieces of a narrow Chantilly border. The very black thread contrasts with the lighter ground – this may be a sign of Belgian work.  The design is fairly simple with leaves alternating with a single rose, and a few honeycomb fillings. Minimal esprits, and none in the upper ground.
Provenance:  None cited
Condition:
Modifications: No photos of the ends so can’t tell their conditions, but at least two must be cut.
Damage: One small break in the foot edge.  Occasional pull  and broken thread in the ground.
Soilage: Seems OK, but hard to tell with black lace.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

251586481812   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/mt3ma7d BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE NANDUTI LIGHT CREAM SILK LACE OCLLAR. UNUSED
Size: 5.5″ deep center
Starting Price: 50.00 GBP
Auction ends: Aug 11, 2014 11:22:15 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller georginanntiques, London, United Kingdom
Comments: A silk Ñanduti collar. I’ve seen a few of these, and they aren’t too common. Excellent motifs, tightly woven and the design appears to be mirror-symmetric. Parts are so dense that they almost look like Maltese lace.
Provenance:  None cited
Condition:
Modifications: None. It is sewn to the purple tissue.
Damage: One break upper righ inner edge.
Soilage: Seller cites some minor pale marks.
Finish: Light creasing along tissue fold lines.

251608484992   Sold for 50.00 GBP, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/ltl8loe Mid 19th C. Point De Gaze Needle lace LAPPETS COLLECTOR Unusual design
Size: 1.75 to 3.5″ x 43″
Starting Price: $225.00
Auction ends: Aug 11, 2014 13:54:07 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: A Point de Gaze lappet scarf. Note the points on the ends, and also note the interesting lappet end motif of a small sprig against a diagonally striped ground.  No raised work, and a number of decorative ‘mode’ fillings arranged in a radial pattern at the end – all the same kind. Nice design with a lot of presence.
Provenance:  None cited
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Seller cites a few small holes in the mesh.
Soilage: A few small stains, a bit ‘dusty’ (lace sellers often use this term which is a bit vague, but sometimes refers to a slightly greyish appearance).
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

131260973423   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/nhnezkn 19th C. Fern and Lily English Honiton Bobbin lace Collar Cox Collection
Size: 16″ neck edge, 6″ max depth.
Starting Price: $55.00
Auction ends: Aug 11, 2014 14:10:32 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: A Honiton collar, more advanced design with feathery leaves and tightly spiraled roses. Various woven tally leadwork fillings’, and note the roughly rectangular picoted brides – can’t tell if these are woven or plated.  The design appears intact although not symmetric.
Provenance:  None cited
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: One broken bride.
Soilage: Ivory white color, looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

141367663218   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/os447of ANTIQUE LACE- CIRCA 18THC. FLEMISH LACE
Size: 15″ x 86″
Starting Price: $45.00 with reserve
Auction ends: Aug 11, 2014 14:10:32 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, Irvington, New York, United States
Comments: A late 17th, early 18th century Flemish flounce, perhaps a furnishing piece. It has the small delicate motifs seen in the ‘lappets’ above, with the symmetric design associated with Bérain. The photos aren’t close enough to really see the mesh, but it’s a plaited 6-sided design often used in this period.  An impressive looking piece. The condition is so good that I have to remember that this type of lace was copied later on, however this one does have an early feel.
Provenance:  Museum deaccession
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see the ends to tell if they are cut.  Tape has been added separately.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Seller cites a few tiny age spots.
Finish: Some light vertical creasing probably from folding.

390904358712   $153.50, 4 bidders, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/mns45wo ANTIQUE LACE- CIRCA 19THC. BRUSSELS LACE BONNET VEIL
Size: ~15″ x 36″
Starting Price: $65.00
Auction ends: Aug 11, 2014 15:31:22 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, Irvington, New York, United States
Comments: A semi-circular bonnet veil of Brussels bobbin and needle lace appliqued on machine net.  The bobbin-made roses along the border alternate with needlelace leaves. Some delicate sprigs used as esprits, and some simple needle-made decorations in flower centers.
Provenance:  Museum deaccession.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: A small repair that I’m having trouble finding in the photos. It might be in the upper center right of the tulle.
Soilage: Seller cites some age related stains
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

151376012603   Sold for $65.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/mehahga ANTIQUE LACE- MECHLIN LACE
Size: 2″ x 100″
Starting Price: $45.00
Auction ends: Aug 11, 2014 16:25:52 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, Irvington, New York, United States
Comments: Wish there were more closeups, but I think this is a Lille border. The type of floral motifs, and the straight edge are often found in this lace. And note the woven tallies in the point ground, also characteristic.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: One end looks secured, can’t see the other end.  Looks like the thread strung through the top can be easily removed.
Damage: Some small scattered openings.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Wrinkled throughout.

390904391439   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/lgjokjj ANTIQUE LACE- LOVELY BRUSSELS POINT DE GAZE LACE COLLAR
Size: ~ 35″, 4.25″ max width.
Starting Price: $125.00
Auction ends: Aug 11, 2014 16:34:44 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, Irvington, New York, United States
Comments: A Point de Gaze collar with prominent ‘lapels’. No raised work and the design is quite dense. It has a few decorative needlelace rings used as fillings, but no elaborate ‘modes.  Note the single looped picots at the edges, a sign of a now forgotten manufacturer. Interesting design with flower that you don’t typically see in PdG, and this is something aimed at a higher end market.
Note, an Armstrong catalog from ~1900 from Olney, Bucks, calls this form a ‘coat collar’.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Seller cites a few small openings, primarily in the mesh, minor.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: A bit wrinkled, but no obvious creases.

151376050471   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/qdkfv5s ANTIQUE LACE- CIRCA 18THC. FINE ALENCON LACE BORDER
Size: ~3″ x 101″
Starting Price: $195.00
Auction ends: Aug 12, 2014 06:57:40 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, Irvington, New York, United States
Comments: A border of Herren Alençon – the name comes from the practice of using such lace for men’s lace cuffs.  Later 18th c. Réseau fin at the lower edge, probably brides tortillée in the upper mesh.  It has a variety of sprigs and dots used as esprits, and a rather thin line-drawn design along the header edge. Not much in the way of decorative ‘mode’ fillings.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see ends clearly to tell if they are cut.
Damage: A few frayed and broken threads, some pinholes in the mesh.
Soilage: Hard to tell the color, but looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases, some light wrinkling.

151376531026   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/qhktnnx ANTIQUE LACE- 191″ OF MECHLIN LACE
Size: ~191″, width not given.
Starting Price: $125.00
Auction ends: Aug 12, 2014 07:32:25 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, Irvington, New York, United States
Comments: A very long, narrow 18th c Mechlin border, Louis XV design.  The design is a fairly simple trail with simple fillings, with a few quatrefoil motifs. It’s in keeping with the width of the piece.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: One end cut, can’t see the other end.  One join.
Damage: Some small repairs. A bit frayed, and the fillings and header edge look a bit worn.  Occasional pinhole in the mesh.
Soilage: Hard to tell the color, but looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases, but a little wrinkled.

151376555110   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/oju6cd2 ANTIQUE LACE-CIRCA 1890-1900’s ORNATE IRISH CARICKMACROSS LACE SHAWL
Size: ~20″ x 110″
Starting Price: $395.00
Auction ends: Aug 12, 2014 08:40:57 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, Irvington, New York, United States
Comments: An elaborate Carrickmacross applique rectangular shawl. Note the raised work in the flower centers along the edges, many raised rings, and the fine needle-run fillings.It does have a little cutwork in some of the applique, filled with picoted brides.  Typical looped picot border.  The design looks like ‘bleeding heart’ flowers, and this is not a typical Irish motif.  This is a fairly elaborate piece for Carrickmacross applique.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage:  Occasional tiny wear in the cloth.  The tulle looks quite good.
Soilage: I see an occasional small brown stain.
Finish: Occasional small crease in the tulle.

390904754364   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/pchkha5 5 yards antique/vintage Brussels Point de Gaze lace flounce
Size: 11.7″ x 5 yards
Starting Price: 850.00 GBP
Auction ends: Aug 12, 2014 10:57:21 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: An impressive Point de Gaze flounce, medium width, a high end market product. No raised work, but that’s not a problem. It has a number of decorate ‘mode’ fillings, not quite as complex as some examples I’ve seen. But this piece relies mainly on design for effect. The design is a highly romantic floral 2nd Empire product.  Technically there’s a curious change of mesh size when going into the downward lines of flowers.  So not only is this a beautiful piece, it’s an interesting technical study.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None. Both ends finished. Engrelure added.
Damage: Occasional small hole in the mesh.
Soilage: Mid ecru with areas of pale age browning. 2 dark brown age marks.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

231300532948   Sold for 1,226.00 GBP, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/ps9y69s 19TH C. BOBBIN LACE LAPPETS INSPIRED BY VINCIOLA DESIGNS Colelctor reenactor
Size: ~3.5″ x 41-42″
Starting Price: $175.00
Auction ends: Aug 12, 2014 14:34:16 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: This one is a mystery.  A largely plaited narrow scarf, and it does have the early Venetian plaited lace design look, as the seller notes. But the Venetians would not have done the woven leaves – that’s more a Genoese technique.  And the center portion is pure 19th-20th century.  I’ll guess a French Cluny variation.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Light ecru/ivory color. Some very slight staining.  Seller says it has been freshly washed, but gives no details on the process.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

131261913375   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/n6dqp2b BEAUTIFUL LARGE ANTIQUE IRISH LACE COLLAR – VICTORIAN HIGHNECK – LINEN THREAD
Size: 30″ around outside edge, 13.5″ neckline. 7″ max depth.
Starting Price: $9.99  with reserve
Auction ends: Aug 12, 2014 14:34:16 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller iloveelliot, Northville, Michigan, United States
Comments: An Irish crochet dress front; the neckpiece seems to be a separate piece. Ilregular brides with crocheted picots. Shamrock and flower designs, tightly worked, with a little raised work in some flowers at the points.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Hard to determine the color against the red background – maybe a bit cream?
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

331281842440   $11.50, 3 bidders, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/mavmtf9 ANTIQUE FAN BRUSSELS LACE with ABALONE /PEARL HANDLE 19th c GORGEOUS
Size: not given.
Starting Price: $195.00 Buy-it-Now or Make Offer
Auction ends: Aug 13, 2014 02:45 AM PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller antwren, dorset, United Kingdom
Comments: A Bruges Bloemwerk fan with Mother of Pearl (abalone) and bone sticks. Conventional motifs, with a few simple needle-made fillings. No raised work.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks to be a cream color. A little spotting.
Finish: Expected fan folds.

111279495662   Unsold as of 8/15/2014 8:41 PM MST.

http://tinyurl.com/qfe2khc 1860 ELEGANT GOSSAMER FRENCH HAND CHANTILLY SHAWL
Size: 56″ x 104″
Starting Price: $24.99 with reserve
Auction ends: Aug 13, 2014 11:26:37 AM PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller heartnsoul1, Hollis, New Hampshire, United States
Comments: A triangular Chantilly shawl with elaborate floral design. The areas of half stitch are actually quite large. A few small areas of honeycomb filling, but not a lot – the design relies almost exclusively on the half-stitch motifs. As with many Chantilly pieces having large half-stitch areas, sometimes the tension in the work is a little off, and you see that here in a few places. But this is minor.  I do wish there were a photo of the whole thing spread out, it’s a bit hard to judge the pattern.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: One small racroc repair, one short racroc split, a few pinholes and occasional broken or frayed threads.
Soilage: Looks clean, but hard to tell with black lace.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

331284434370   $155.00, 9 bidders, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/otsyz6x ANTIQUE LACE-FINE BRUSSELS POINT DE GAZE COLLAR, CUFFS
Size: Not given.
Starting Price: $195.00
Auction ends: Aug 14, 2014 08:06:48 AM PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, Irvington, New York, United States
Comments: A very unusual small Point de Gaze collar with matching cuffs, although I suspect the cuffs are made up from a longer border. The design of swags held up by bows is nice enough, but then there are the little multi-layered flowers with a heavy buttonhole ring in the center – I’ve never seen something like this before.  I thought they might be machine-made additions, but staring closely, I’m pretty convinced they are hand-done. The outer borders also have the single looped picots, sign of better work from a now forgotten manufacturer.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None to the collar, cuffs appeared assembled.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or serious wrinkles.

151376581985   Sold for $195.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/m753mfx EXQUISITE ANTIQUE MID 19th CENTURY BRUSSELS LACE & MOTHER OF PEARL FAN
Size: 12″ long, including loop. 21.25″ wide.
Starting Price: 0.99 GBP
Auction ends: Aug 14, 2014 11:34:19 AM PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller phoenixchild0, Winchester, United Kingdom
Comments: A fan of Brussels bobbinlace application on machine net. Mother of Pearl (abalone) and bone sticks. Small rather delicate some needle-made decorative ‘mode’ fillings, mostly rings in flower centers.  I find the design a little sparse.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: “…mild discoloration and foxing spots.”  Especially where glued onto the guard sticks.
Finish: Expected fan folds.

201137559854   Sold for 205.00 GBP, 16 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/nm9aw46 19th C. Honiton Bobbin lace Collar Cox Collection
Size: ~4″ x 27-28″
Starting Price: $25.00
Auction ends: Aug 16, 2014 00:00:58 AM PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Winchester, United Kingdom
Comments: A collar of Honiton guipure. Snails/slugs style with minimal fillings, plaited, un-picoted brides. That sounds pretty simple, but the piece actually has a nice look to it.
Provenance:  Ex. coll. Susan Cox, The English Lace School, Tiverton.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: ‘Ivory white’. Looks clean.
Finish: A little wrinkled.

131260998055   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/lpe5a8n LG SUPERB DAINTY Antique Vtg ENGLISH HONITON BOBBIN LACE COLLAR DRESS FT SCARF
Size: ~5″ x ~45″ inside edge, 51″ outside edge.
Starting Price: $299.99 Buy-it-Now or Make Offer
Auction ends: Aug 17, 2014 06:46 AM PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller adtjmd, United States
Comments: A scarf of Honiton with a needle-made point ground.  Motifs are small and delicately worked, and there are some areas of woven tally ‘leadworks’. The design is beyond snails/slugs, but not much. Good raised work on the motifs, and there some interesting fillings. I especially like the edge treatment.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos. Might be unused.
Soilage: ‘Warm ecru’ color.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

161311627743   Unsold as of 8/16/2014 9:03 AM MST.

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Workshop UK: New Bedfordshire Course in Derby, Louise West – September 8-12, 2014

New Bedfordshire Course in Derby
Teacher:  Louise West
Dates and Times: 8th-12th September 2014,  9.30-5.30 daily with an hour for lunch, which is included. (special diets can be catered for by prior arrangement)
Venue: Banks Mill Studios
71 Bridge St, Derby, DE1 3LB, UK
Website: http://tinyurl.com/oltfoxp
Information: louise@louisewestlacedesign.co.uk or telephone 07931 126063
Registration and Cost:   Booking can be done either through the website, with the link to Evolve, Derby or by emailing and payment through through Paypal.  Cost is £275 on a non-residential basis. A deposit of £50 will secure a place, with the balance payable by August 18, 2014. Please see the website for more details.
*** Places are limited to 8 students ***
Students must arrange their own accommodation, although suggestions can be made as to which is the nearest. Several hotels are within short walking distance. The price includes lunches on each day and also a visit to the lace collection at Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire.

This exciting new five day course is being held in the studio of Louise West, in Derby, and is suitable for all levels of experience in Bedfordshire lace.  Louise will have pieces of her lace and antique lace available for study, along with some brand new designs she is currently working on.   Students will be encouraged to progress at their own pace and discuss  future progression. Students can also bring along design ideas and work on these with help, to develop their own new patterns.
On Thursday afternoon, the class will be taking a short journey to Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire, best known as being the ancestral home of Lord Byron, where they will have lunch before seeing the lace collection.  The collection used to be held by the Costume museum in Nottingham city centre, before being relocated to this permanent home.  It is now only available by appointment and so this will make an interesting afternoon.

Louise teaches Bedfordshire and lace design on a regular basis locally and nationally for longer courses and workshops. She completed an MA in Art and Design in Contemporary Lace in 2013, and has had work in many exhibitions, including being a part of ‘In Fine Style’ at Buckingham Palace in 2013.  Testimonials are available on her website.

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Two Bedfordshire laces made by Louise, the first based on an antique design, the second a new design.

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Administrative: August is a slow month!

Hope everyone is at least occasionally glancing at the lace events on the LaceNews Calendar page (http://tinyurl.com/mkv3f3a). After having 67 events in April, 148 in May, 161 in June, and 42 in July, there are only 2 in August!  At least that I can find so far. Even the Ebay listings are down a bit, although last Sunday was a very good day.  Obviously the tradition of taking August vacation is still very much alive.
So I’m going to take this opportunity to catch up on some past events that I failed to adequately document, and also search for others that I might have missed. Of the 510 events on the calendars through April, I’ve only failed to document about 9%. But my goal this year was 100% documentation, which will also give me a great set of templates to use for event notices next year.  Then I can concentrate more on getting notices out earlier, and also making more direct contact with all the event organizers.  So please be patient while I try to catch up during this slow time.
Thanks so much,
Laurie

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Ebay Alerts! Thirty-one items – August 3, 2014

http://tinyurl.com/p5ths4u A Beautiful Antique Maltese lace Centre Piece circa 1880
Size: 98 cm diameter
Starting Price: 48.00 GBP
Auction ends: Aug 03, 2014 11:20:32 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller winterwonderlandfairy, london, United Kingdom
Comments: A Maltese round piece, and the small hole in the center argues that this might be a parasol cover.  Although it is a bit heavy for that application, and the radial pattern seems to require many more ribs than are normally used for a parasol. So it could also be a table cover.  It is a beautifully made piece, four or five concentric bands including some fairly elaborate guipure.  Excellent quality Maltese was made well into the 1950’s and often brought home by sailors from the Port of Malta. Very difficult to fix a precise date to something like this.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Perhaps some light fold creasing. It doesn’t lie perfectly flat in the photos.

311027645764   Sold for 92.00 GBP, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/kxd9ckw Antique/vintage hand made Honiton lace hankderchief
Size: 17″ square
Starting Price: 10.00 GBP
Auction ends: Aug 03, 2014 12:49:53 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A Honiton Point handkerchief – meaning Honiton with a needle-made ground.  Snails/slugs style with extensive fillings of rather narrowly made tally leadworks. The motifs are narrow in width, undulating almost like a tape lace. Maybe it qualifies as a sub-style, or might even indicate place of origin.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Seller cites a fair amount of age browning and discoloration.
Finish: Horizontal and vertical fold lines evident.  Looks unused.

231293134067   Sold for 32.00 GBP, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/pbaoke2 Antique/vintage Brussels Duchesse lace narrow scarf/lappet
Size: 5.2″ x 56″
Starting Price: 20.00 GBP
Auction ends: Aug 03, 2014 12:56:42 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A narrow scarf of Duchesse de Bruges, which is a generic term for Duchesse with no needlelace additions (use Duchesse de Bruxelles for Duchesse with needlelace). Raised work is limited to some rolled edges and ribs. Good elegant design with excellent technique. I especially like the little diamond motifs at the ends, and the nice contrast between space and clothwork running up the center of the scarf.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Seller cites occasional broken bride.
Soilage: Occasional brown age mark.
Finish: No obvious creases. or wrinkles.

231293139593  Sold for 102.00 GBP, 6 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/nbe99dr ANTIQUE LACE HANDMADE POINT DE GAZE BUTTERFLY 3D WINTS 4″ WIDE EXC COND
Size: 2.5″ x 4″
Starting Price: $39.99
Auction ends: Aug 03, 2014 18:54:49 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller kuchcollectiblesandvintagelinens, Ronkonkoma, New York, United States
Comments: A Point de Gaze butterfly.  These were 20th century items made for the tourist trade. This particular one is a simple design with no extravagant ‘mode’ decorative fillings. There are a few loose threads on some rings that weren’t cut off. Sometimes these have wire to support the 3-d effect, but I don’t think there’s anything like that here.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean
Finish: No creases or folds.

161379199112   Sold for #39.99, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/ovx4t2g ANTIQUE LACE HONITON NET LACE BRUSSELS LACE VEIL SHAWL LAPPET BRIDAL 9×72
Size: 9″ x 72″
Starting Price: $39.99
Auction ends: Aug 03, 2014 19:02:59 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller kuchcollectiblesandvintagelinens, Ronkonkoma, New York, United States
Comments: A rectangular scarf of Brussels bobbinlace application on machine net. Needlelace fillings (one thing that distinguishes it from Honiton), and no raised work in the bobbinlace, giving it a more Bruges appearance. Esprits in the ground throughout the length, and a delicate edges surrounds the whole piece – this might be a pre-made braid. The design itself is massed at the ends.  A good middle-market product.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Some small brown spots in the tulle, fairly localized.
Finish: Some horizontal fold creases.

161379206018   Sold for $48.85, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/nne7w8v ANTIQUE LACE-CIRCA 17-18THC.EXQUISITE LACE BORDER
Size: 4″ x 122″
Starting Price: $45.00 with reserve
Auction ends: Aug 04, 2014 08:29:35 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, Irvington, New York, United States
Comments: A Punto in Aria border. I think it’s Italian; although the commenter discusses some interesting point, there are no documented pieces of this kind of lace having been made in England. Plate 132 in Santina Levey’s “A History of Lace” shows a very similar piece, even down to the picots at the sides of the tape-like trails. Actually there are quite a lot of pieces like this in various collections. And some of the same motifs can be seen in the portrait by Garzoni in Levey, figure 134. This is a transitional lace heavily influenced by the designs of Bartolomeo Danieli in the early 17th c.
English lace of this period came out of a more geometric rigid design when it moved into the flat points, transitioned to knotted stitches, not straight buttonhole. The piece in Levey is labeled as Italian, 2nd quarter 17th c.
It does have an interesting feature, what looks like a drawnwork band similar to those seen in Reticella separating the two bands.
Provenance:  “…part of a collection from the Metropolitan museum deaccession.” This might be wrong – it could be the Brooklyn museum.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see the ends to tell if they are cut.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Has slightly wrinkled look, but for something this old, you would expect that.

390898981065   $384.99, 6 bidders, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/o4bcjpb ANTIQUE HAND MADE NEEDLE LACE ANIMAL WITH LINEN THREAD
Size: 9″ diameter
Starting Price: $9.99
Auction ends: Aug 04, 2014 16:59:45 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller iloveelliot, Northville, Michigan, United States
Comments: This is part of a series of 4 bobbinlace medallions (see also #331274002530, #331274005747, #331274009794 – all separate listings). They represent the symbols of the kings of France – the porcupine is Louis XII, the salamander is Francis I, and I haven’t looked up the others.  Nice example of figural work, guipure, not pieced.  Very similar to a piece that showed up on Ebay, listed in the Feb 28, 2013 Ebay Alerts,  http://tinyurl.com/n93pzws. For that piece the seller says says it came from Offida, Italy.
Provenance:  None cited, other that they came from England.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: A few loose threads in the brides.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No creases or wrinkles.

331273998019  331274002530  331274005747 331274009794Porcupine sold for $23.09, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/n2ls3hc ANTIQUE INTRICATELY DESIGNED TORTOISE SHELL FRAME & BLACK LACE FAN. VERY OLD.
Size: 22″ x 12″
Starting Price: $35.00
Auction ends: Aug 04, 2014 18:00:51 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller grpantiques, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, United States
Comments: I’m guessing that this is not real tortoiseshell. If it is, buyer beware, there are very strict rules for such material. The lace is Chantilly, with an asymmetric design and a little shading in some flowers and leaves. I especially like the way the ribbon is handled at the right side.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Some chips on the sticks. Lace looks intact.
Soilage: Looks clean, but had to tell with black lace.
Finish: Expected folds for a fan.

191266260489   Sold for $135.50, 9 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/mu2889r    ANTIQUE LINEN- ORNATE NEEDLEPOINT CLOTH
http://tinyurl.com/mkecnye 
ORNATE NEEDLEPOINT TABLE RUNNER W/URNS,MYTHOLOGICAL ANIMALS,ETC.
Size
: ~27″ in diameter, 12.5″ x 128″
Starting Price: $95.00, #395.00
Auction ends: Aug 05, 2014 06:19:40 PDT
Aug 05, 2014 06:21:04 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, Irvington, New York, United States
Comments: I’m putting these two together since they are similar styles of Venise needlelace. The round piece has a more symmetric, elegant design that certainly look French in style. The technique is more elaborate, and it includes some fillings, and note the picoted brides. The runner has more figural work, typical of Italy, also more decorative clothwork. The brides are also plain.  But are good, complimentary examples. Wish there were some closeups of the runner, difficult to see the stitch structure…
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None on the table cover or the runner.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: They both look clean.
Finish: Round piece a bit wrinkled in the center cloth.

151370184953   151370185727
Sold for $132.50, 2 bidders.
No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/q76stdt ANTIQUE LACE- LOVELY CANTU LACE TABLE RUNNER W/FIGURALS
Size: 11-12″ x 106-107″
Starting Price: $195.00
Auction ends: Aug 05, 2014 06:39:11 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, Irvington, New York, United States
Comments: A border of Cantu bobbinlace with figurals of dancers with a picoted bride ground and a little raised work.  Typical three and five-lobed flower heads, and hooks of Cantu lace. There’s no obvious header or footer, but there is an orientation. Might have been something for a table linen.
Provenance:  “lace was stored in a museum”
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Seller cites a couple of re-attachments.
Soilage: Some light storage stains on one edge.
Finish: No obvious folds or wrinkles.

390899526073   Sold for $195.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/nvdeoxy ANTIQUE LACE-CIRCA 19THC. FINE LACE FLOUNCE
Size: 6.5″ x 89″
Starting Price: $295.00
Auction ends: Aug 05, 2014 06:56:55 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller mithya, Irvington, New York, United States
Comments: A border of Belgian Point d’Angleterre, meaning bobbin motifs with a Point de Gaze ground. This was a later 19th century development, and can be a spectacular lace. It has a few decorative ‘mode’ fillings in the flower centers. Excellent naturalistic design of roses and leaves. No esprits in the ground, and the design almost entirely fills the ground.
Provenance:  Part of a museum deaccession.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see the ends to tell  if it was cut.  The heading tape is a separate addition.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: A little light creasing, especially noticeable in the heading band.

390899530904   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/lqp7lfn Alte Kunst Klöppel Spitze Handarbeig Gold Hochzeit Paar Kind Frau Taube Menschen
Size: 38 cm across everything?  Not sure.  The matchbox is for scale, the seller includes on in all his/her listings.
Starting Price: 1.00 EUR
Auction ends: Aug 05, 2014 10:33:44 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller schnack-schnick, Stuttgart, Germany
Comments: A figural group, the seller says it is part of a wedding. Beautiful work, recalling Czech developments in bobbinlace in the mid 20th century. From the style of dress I’m guessing 1960’s. I’m looking through my books to see if I can spot an artist or pattern books with this style. Perhaps Elena Holéczyová, although there’s no way to prove she had anything to do with them.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

231288235980   Sold for 522.55 EUR, 9 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/p7qpcet Divine 19thC. Victorian Lace & Hand Carved Ladies FAN with Cherubs / Putti.
Size: 10.5″ high, 20.5″ open
Starting Price: $280.00
Auction ends: Aug 05, 2014 14:04:08 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller libitumantiques, URUGUAY, Uruguay
Comments: The fan leaf is Brussels bobbinlace application on machine net, with some simple needlelace fillings; more elaborate bobbinlace fillings. Small, carefully done motifs. Guard sticks are elaborately carved, not sure what the material is.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: A few pinholes in the tulle.
Soilage: Seems a bit yellowed around the sticks, might be a glue reaction?
Finish: Expected folds for a fan.

301261650207   Sold for $280.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/q8jgpyb HANDMADE ANTIQUE BELGIAN NEEDLE LACE POINT DE GAZE ON NET HANDKERCHIEF
Size: 14″ square
Starting Price: $9.00
Auction ends: Aug 05, 2014 15:13:34 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller ribbonstore, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Comments: A Point de Gaze handkerchief with cross-shaped center cloth. No raised petals on the roses, and there are a few decorative ‘mode’ fillings, mostly chains of rings.  Good precise work with a nicely placed design.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Small holes and pinholes in the Point de Gaze mesh throughout.
Soilage: Looks like there might be a bit of yellowing, top and top left.
Finish: Horizontal and vertical fold lines.

151370565533   Sold for $53.00, 8 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/pjalyl9 IRISH CROCHET ANTIQUE LACE- BEAUTIFUL COLLAR AND CUFFS
Size: collar: 27″ neckline, 42″ outside, 5.5″ center depth, cuffs: 8″ x 3″
Starting Price: $9.99 with reserve
Auction ends: Aug 05, 2014 16:20:02 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller iloveelliot, Northville, Michigan, United States
Comments: An Irish Crochet dress front or collar with matching cuffs.  The little flowers around the outside edges are more typical of silk IC, but that’s probably not the case here.  Tightly woven motifs, pinwheel flowers, shamrocks, harps and leaves with some raised wrok. Square mesh picoted brides.
Provenance:  From an estate.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Ivory color
Finish: No obvious folds or wrinkles.

331275061964   331275061964a   Sold for $95.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/kungsxl Feuille Eventail alcance encaje fan Dentelle Trine Lace ventaglio Ht 17 cm
Size: 17 cm high, 78 cm around the curve.
Starting Price: 95.00 EUR
Auction ends: Aug 05, 2014 23:14:46 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller pythie79, Paris, France
Comments: An unmounted fan of Brussels bobbinlace applique on machine net. Some decorative needle-made fillings, mostly rings, and a few embroidered dots.  Round Esprits in the tulle, I think needle-made.  Naturalistic floral and leaf design, well arranged.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: A few pinholes in the tulle.
Soilage: Looks clean
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

191264277999   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/mp9swou Feuille Eventail alcance encaje fan Dentelle Trine Lace ventaglio Ht 22 cm
Size: 22 cm high, 93 cm around the curve.
Starting Price: 89.00 EUR
Auction ends: Aug 06, 2014 00:16:56 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller pythie79, Paris, France
Comments: Another fan leaf of Brussels bobbin lace applique on machine net.  The design of this one is not as sophisticated as the previous example from this seller.  It is more obviously a fan leaf because of the extra piece on the left end meant for the guard stick.  No needlelace accents that I can see.  Most of the photos have been taken from the back side.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None
Damage: One patch to the tulle, and a few pinholes.
Soilage: Looks clean
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

191264320291   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/ly4fbtp deux barbes anciennes
Size: not given
Starting Price: 40.00 EUR
Auction ends: Aug 06, 2014 08:23:09 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller boulechristine, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Comments: A Point de Gaze lappet scarf, later 19th c, no raised work. The pattern is a bit flat too. The other set looks like Alençon, but beware, most of it looks appliqued onto a machine tulle. In fact at the ends some of the tulle is not trimmed properly. I’m thinking this is a highly assembled piece, and parts may have been taken from a border. At the same lower end there’s evidence of some brides tortillée from whatever this was taken from, left on the outside of the border.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None on the Pont de Gaze, although I can’t see the center of the Piece. The other one is assembled.
Damage: One large hole in the Pt de G mesh. The other one looks fairly good.
Soilage: Looks clean on both.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

151366445098   Sold for 210.00 EUR, 4 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/pxrh6zd Antique Victorian Tambour Net Lace Fancy Wedding Veil Shawl 6 + Feet
Size: 12″ x 78″
Starting Price: $385.00 Buy-it-Now or Make Offer
Auction ends: Aug 06, 2014 09:00:26 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller gb-best, New Ringgold, Pennsylvania, United States
Comments: A rectangular, fairly narrow shawl of tambour embroidery on machine net.  Note the additional cloth attached to simulate raised rose petals. Most of the design action is at the ends of the piece.  From the tambour, I’d say this is a Belgian piece.
Provenance:  From a Philadelphia estate.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Seller cites some age spotting – overall cream color.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

141362796038   offer accepted, don’t know the amount.

http://tinyurl.com/lqrqkg2 Antique Edwardian Victorian Brussels Duchese Lace Collar w Point de Gaze Inserts
Size: 30″ across, ~5″ deep
Starting Price: $19.99
Auction ends: Aug 06, 2014 11:30:03 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller 4leeny, New Ipswich, New Hampshire, United States
Comments: A bertha of Brussels Duchesse. No flowers or raised work in the Point de Gaze inserts, which are rather simply designed. Conventional Duchesse motifs in a fairly crowded design.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None, although the ends have some fastenings attached.
Damage: Seller cites a few broken brides and separations next to the needlelace.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: Some light wrinkling, ends need some attention.

171401054067   Sold for $71.90, 8 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/kzu9wdg  merveilleuse dentelle ancienne faite main à l’aiguille 1900 bel état 65 x 8,5.
Size: 8.5 cm x 65 cm
Starting Price: 8.00 EUR
Auction ends: Aug 07, 2014 04:59:53 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller alaing3182, Midi-Pyrénées, France
Comments: A short border of Alençon, late 18th c ‘Herren Alençon’ style. It might have been made later, hard to tell. This wasn’t a style that really lasted until 1900. Réseau fin along the edge, brides tortillée above  I think this is a lot finer than the photos reveal. The motifs in the ground are rather large for this kind of lace.  This is a lace meant to be ruffled.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see the end treatments.  One modern thread along the edge, perhaps this was sewn to a backing in the past.
Damage: Very slight fraying in the mesh, one break in the header edge. I can see a few breaks in the ring supports at the bottom edge.
Soilage: Hard to tell against the red color, but might be a beige color.
Finish: No creases or wrinkles, but not much is shown.

291202471363   Sold for 89.00 EUR, 6 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/p8dkw53  47″ Antique Brussels Point de Gaze Lace Trim Vintage Bobbin Hand Made 3″ w
Size: ~3″ x 47″
Starting Price: $22.98
Auction ends: Aug 07, 2014 18:30:01 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller cherubim_gates, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Comments: A short border of narrow Pont de Gaze, no raised work. There are heavy rings used as decorative fillings.  The design is a narrow rather vertical repeat with a simple leaf pattern.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see the ends to tell if they are cut. Engrelure added.
Damage: 3 small holes in the mesh, 3 areas of separation from the engrelure.
Soilage: Cream color; some age discoloration.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

351132921924   Sold for $67.00, 7 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/q5xxjow  Unusual Handmade 19th C. Honiton English Bobbin Lace Cox Collection
Size: 8″ max depth, ~18″ across.
Starting Price: $85.00
Auction ends: Aug 08, 2014 09:41:53 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United States
Comments: Some kind of dress ornament, I guess, of Honiton guipure. It looks like it’s meant to attach tom something, but am unsure what. I don’t think it would be a handkerchief.  The design is snails/slggs style, and I especially like the technique of the roses and the center thistle. Busy design, with narrow woven tally leadwork fillings. Interesting and unusual.
Provenance:  Ex. coll. Susan Cox of the English Lace School, Tiverton.
Condition:
Modifications: None, I guess.
Damage: Several broken brides, and some damage at the upper tips.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

141364685114   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/pzpcgqg  SUPERB ANTIQUE UNUSUED CREAM CHANTILLY HAND MADE BOBBIN LACE STOLE. IRISES ETC
Size: 21.5″ x 102″
Starting Price: 220.00 GBP
Auction ends: Aug 08, 2014 11:24:41 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller georginanntiques, London, United Kingdom
Comments: Wish there were some closeups that magnify on the screen for this piece. My gut feeling is that it is white Chantilly, and the attached tags are unusual.  This was normally made in France, not Belgium, but it may have been marketed in Belgium (although the tags do say ‘made in Belgium’. Lovely design of irises, and I think I see some rather star-shaped fillings rather than the more expected honeycomb. I’m also having difficulty spotting the racroc lines, or maybe I just can’t believe that they are running across the piece (see the 6th photograph).
Provenance:  See photos of attached tags.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious, although I’m still bothered a bit by that 6th photo.
Soilage: Slight age darkening, some tiny scattered storage marks.
Finish: Fold marks running across the piece.

251605750297  Sold for 317.00 GBP, 5 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/mlx863e  Tiny antique/vintage Point de Gaze lace tie/lappet – for doll?
Size: 0.8″ to 2.5″ x 20.5″
Starting Price: 10.00 GBP
Auction ends: Aug 08, 2014 11:41:02 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Comments: A really small tie of Point de Gaze. Note the prominent looped picots around the edges, sign of an unknown manufacturer.  No raised work, but some heavy rings used as fillings at the ends.  It is a charming piece, simple and well-made.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Two small repairs.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or fold marks.

231297363334   Sold for 38.00 GBP, 6 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/n8bqx7v 9 antique/vintage knitted lace mats from the Azores
Size: each 6″ across.
Starting Price: 8.00 GBP
Auction ends: Aug 08, 2014 12:26:01 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenaham, United Kingdom
Comments: A good set of knitted Pita lace from the Azores. Characterized especially by the heavy raised rings at the centers. They are so delicate, and all the designs are different and a pleasure to look at.  These don’t appear for sale that often, and when they do the condition is often problematic.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Some discoloration and spotting, nicely shown in the photograph on the white background.
Finish: No folds or wrinkles. Seller notes 2 are stiff (starched?) and the others soft as if they had been washed.

331277826253   Sold for 246.99 GBP, 7 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/pfjg86h 19th C. Belgian Rosaline Perle Bobbin lace Large Collar CW Collector Bride
Size: ~26″ neckline, ~6″ deep in scallops.
Starting Price: $25.00 with reserve.
Auction ends: Aug 08, 2014 12:57:43 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller lacemerchant, Whiting, Indiana, United Kingdom
Comments: A Rosaline collar or dress front.  Seller correctly notes that the motif edges are not traditional to Rosaline, and I think the motifs themselves are a bit too tightly woven. There are a few rolled edges, but mainly relief is supplied by a gimp thread. The fillings are used in Rosaline, and the perls are there, although I can’t tell if they are bobbin or needle-made. It has the look more of what is known as ‘Old Flanders’, a finely worked later 19th c pieced lace. An interesting piece, and I do note that some motifs are slightly asymmetric.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Occasional discoloration.
Finish: No obvious folds or wrinkles.

131258403521   $36.00, 2 bidders, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/mcqef3e ANTIQUE FRENCH NORMANDY POINTE DE GAZE IVORY COLOR LACE COLLAR
Size: 4.5″ x 60″
Starting Price: $30.00 with reserve
Auction ends: Aug 08, 2014 16:34:29 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller macingel, New Providence, New Jersey, United States
Comments: I think this is probably a bertha, although it’s hard to veryify with the given photos. The lace is Duchesse de Bruxelles with raised petal roses in the Point de Gaze inserts. A little raised work in the bobbinlace, mainly around the PDG. Conventional motifs in a floral pattern.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: None.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Ivory color
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

191272025412   $71.00, 6 bidders, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/nk7zm79 Vintage Handmade Needle Lace Trim Irish Inishmacsaint or Point de Venis 5″ wide
Size: 5″ x 49″
Starting Price: $110.00 Buy-it-Now or Make Offer
Auction ends: Aug 09, 2014 15:53:51 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller twist-in-time, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, United States
Comments: Interesting thought that this might be Irish, however I think Belgium is more likely. Primarily given the decorative clothwork, the fineness of the thread, and the loosely spaced buttonhole stitches on the cordonnet. Lovely pattern, excellent work.
Provenance:  None cited.
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see ends to tell if they are cut.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

301239723022   Buy-it-Now exercised.

http://tinyurl.com/lkwbhdo Rare antique 18thC George II Brussels lace band, circa 1740s Original footing
Size: 2″ x 43″
Starting Price: 10.00 GBP
Auction ends: Aug 09, 2014 15:53:51 PDT
Offered by: Ebay seller poppy1109, Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom
Comments: As everyone has figured out by now, this isn’t a lappet. As the consultant says, it might be the connecteding band between lappets, and I don’t think it’s too long for that.  It is a pieced bobbinlace with straight droschel ground, and the question is, Flemish or English? It does have some fine fillings, however the general feel of the design to me says England – it really doesn’t have the very fine feel of continental products.  The date cited seems appropriate.
Provenance:  Property of the Hext family, provenance available.  Tag says “Lappets ? worn by a Mrs. Collins at the court of George II”
Condition:
Modifications: Can’t see ends to tell if they are cut. Engrelure added.
Damage: Nothing obvious from the photos, but would like to see more closeups.
Soilage: Looks clean.
Finish: No obvious creases or wrinkles.

390899707943   Sold for 57.00 GBP, 8 bidders.

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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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