Category Archives: Collecting

Original articles written for LaceNews on various topics of interest to collectors.

Collecting: German Klöppelfrau Raucherfigurs

Made by H.K., Germany. 5-1/4″ long, 3″ wide, 7″ tall. She is holding a lace pattern in her hand. This rather scary looking figure is a Raucherfrau, meaning ‘Smoking Woman’. This uniquely German concept is actually an incense burner, although … Continue reading

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Collecting: Belgian 1000 Frank/200 Belga Banknotes

This banknote is of interest to lace collectors due to the wonderful engraving of a lacemaker at work on the reverse. The front shows a portrait of the Belgian King Albert I (1875-1934, reigned 1909-1934), and Queen Elisabeth (1876-1965), along … Continue reading

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Collecting: French Billets de Nécessité

The Billets de Nécessité issued in France around the time of WWI have many similarities with the English tokens previously discussed on this blog. Local governments issued small currency notes to compensate for a shortage in nationally issued bills.  The … Continue reading

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Collecting: Delft Lacemaker Figures

Two Delft Lacemaker figures of very similar design. Both have the number 2391 inscribed on the back of the chair. The left example is a little over 15 cm high and sits on a stool with no back, the righthand … Continue reading

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Collecting: Spanish Felt Lacemakers

These two figures are by the most famous of the felt doll makers, Klumpe. Note the inverted ‘V’ shaped eybrows, typical of Klumpe figures. The maker’s tag on any of the molded felt lacemaker figures rarely survives.  An exception is … Continue reading

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Collecting: French Santon Lacemakers

Two Santons with well modeled lace pillows from the workshop of Maryse Di Landro in Aubagne. Occasionally Santons are accompanied by an accessory such as the lace-filled basket in the left-hand photo. I’ve never found two Santons by the same … Continue reading

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Collecting: Flemish Pottery Lacemakers

Lacemaker by Vande Voorde (1908-1950), Brugges (6-1/4″ high).  This is the most famous of the Flemish potteries, and one of the few documented in a published work. Achille Vande Voorde’s work is characterized by great realism in the features. At … Continue reading

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