EXQUISITE APPENZELL LACE 170" BANQUET TABLECLOTH W/OPERATIC THEMES,PROVENANCE. Circa 1900.A rare and wonderful Appenzell lace banquet tablecloth measuring approx. 170.75" by 71" W. The tablecloth has eighteen ornate vignettes with operatic themes and embellished throughout with Drawnwork and raised satin stitch embroidery. The operatic scenes include "Madame Butterfly" by Giacomo Puccini, Georges Bizet "Carmen", Richard Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde", "Le Nozze di Figaro" and "Cos fan Tutte " Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giuseppi Verdi ;" Rigoletto", "La Boheme" Giacomo Puccini , "Faust", Richard Wagner's "Rienzi,der Letzte der Tribunen among others. This tablecloth has a good provenance, it comes form the estate of William Holden the famous American actor who won a Oscar for the film "Stalag 17" , "The Bridge on the rRver Kwai ". He also starred in other important films , "Picnic" and "The Wild Bunch" . He was one of the biggest stars during the 1950's-1960's. In very good condition, a couple of tiny minor openings in drawnwork. This tablecloth is superb in every respect.A good item for the serious collector or Museum. (Item #)
EXQUISITE 135" LACE BANQUET TABLECLOTH W/MONOGRAM, ELABORATE BIRDS,FLORALS,NAPKINS. A gorgeous tablecloth! This cloth is such a testament to the very best skill of lacemakers and to the lace designers during the early part of the 1900's. Elaborate cloths like this were usually commissioned for very wealthy patrons as the level of workmanship is superb in every way and a cloth like this would have had the very best designer and lacemakers and would have taken a long time to complete. Measuring apprx. 134-135" by 75-76" wide, 342.9cm by almost 190.5cm.There are two ornate large oval shields with beautifully scripted monograms on each end and a elaborate center with lovebirds on either side the center.Throughout the cloth there are meandering large florals, undulating vines and large lovely leaves surrounded by swags and bows. There are six large vignettes with assorted birds, lovebirds, a parrot, goose, peacock , eagle or swallow and a rooster. the birds have three dimensional work , the needle lace is quite amazing. There are 16 lapkins, eight with one design and eight with another similar design. They measure apprx. 26 by 12".This cloth was made for someone very special and it seems as if it was unused.In very good strong condition, perhaps a couple of openings but would be so minor.the cloth has it's original cream patina and certainly was never washed or used it seems. A really wonderful item for the serious collector of fine linens.Cloths like this are extremely rare, one will see no other matching one..in a sense a work of art for the connoisseur of lace and linen.
BARONESS RAPISARDI PLACEMAT SET W/POLYCHROME EMBROIDERED GALLEON SHIPS. A wonderful placemats set consisting of one long table runner, eight placemats. and eight napkins. Baroness Rapisardi organized a needlework school after the second World war to help Italian woman use their skills so they could bring incomes into the family. Something similar happened in Ireland during the potato famine, ladies of nobility started workshops producing Youghal and other Irish laces so that it could help families during the famine.The Rapisardi linens were sold in good shops, including Lord and Taylor in New York.The placemat set has exceptional embroidery with designs of large polychrome embroidered Galleon ships ,clouds and water designs.Measuring approx. 43" by 16" for the table runner, the placemats measure 17 by 11 3/4" and the napkins16 1/2"The placemats set seems unused and so in overall very good condition, a few marks from storage and a couple of area of loss of blue thread on edges,very minor.The set just needs to be laundered.A wonderful set for the collector of linens.
LOVELY FRENCH NORMANDY LACE TABLE RUNNER W/BRUSSELS LACE.Circa 1900-1920,a unusual French Normandy lace table runner with a large oval shaped Brussels lace at the center of the runner.There is Tambour lace, Cantu lace and whitework embroidery in the design.Quite a lovely and fine runner measuring approx.54" by 17.In good unused condition, with original cream lace patina. (Item #ALTR126)