CIRCA 1800's, FINE LONG POINT DE LILLE SILK BLONDE LACE FLOUNCE. Quite a amazing length on this lovely luminous Point De Lille blonde silk lace flounce. The ground is "Fond Simple'"The lace has it's original tag from B.Altman. In the late 1800's-early 1900's, B.Altman and other fine luxury shops in New York supplied good pieces of lace from Europe to their wealthy clients. There is a label from the store and a price which might have been 95 dollars, not sure if it was for a yard or possibly the lot. In todays money that equals to 3,370.37. It gives you an idea of the importance of lace during the Belle Epoque era. B.Altman only sold the best items to it's eclectic and wealthy clients. over the years I have had some major important lace items from shops like B.Altman, Bergdorf Goodman etc.. This flounce was never used and was purchased by a very wealthy family in Boston. We have been commissioned ot sell their estate. The family were part of the early Boston Brahmans. The lace measures approx. 235" by 6 1/2: wide. In good strong unused condition. The lace is fie and light in the hand and has a luminous quality to it.
Item # AL1149
CIRCA 19THC. MAGNIFICENT BRUSSELS POINT DE GAZE LACE SHAWL W/"LEFEBURE" BOX. A stunning Brussels Point De Gaze lace shawl. almost completely covered in the very best of needle lace. The shawl comes in it's original box and came from the Lefebure shop n Paris. In 1829 August -Rene Lefebure opened his lace shop in Paris and eventually Ernest Lefebure continued in the shop.It is said that they employed over 15,000 lacemakers and were patrons to royalty and many society ladies and aristocrats who could afford their luxurious creations. They produced some of the most beautiful designs and lace veils, flounces during their time. This shawl is a testament to their work, not only were the best designers employed but also the very best lacemakers produced items for the shop. I will start by saying that there are well over 100 Heirloom roses throughout the shawl..in the end, I gave up counting!! Many of the roses have three dimensional petals and there are numerous other florals, including lilies with three dimensional petals. There are elaborate garlands of flowers, ornate scrollwork and lovely fan designs filled with intricate needle fillings in the shawl.There are elegant shaded leaves falling gracefully from the bouquets and scattered Point De Esprit scattered throughout the shawl. The shawl is a work of art in every respect. It is quite wonderful that it comes in the original box .At the top of the box there is a crown and initials M. M. written is script. It is quite possible this was made for a member of a Royal family.Measuring approx. 95" by almost 18",or 241cm by 45.72cm. The shawl seems unused or rarely used, it has some minor scattered tiny openings in the hand made ground. The lace retains it's original cream patina. This is a shawl that is well worth being in a museum or a item for the serious collector of lace. It is absolutely beautiful.
Item # AL1147
CIRCA 1900, RARE LINEN TABLECLOTH WITH PAN, AND DANCING NYMPHS.A very unusual tablecloth made with very fine gossamer linen measuring approx. 53-54". The theme is inspired by Greek or Roman mythology.Pan or the Fawn was considered a fertility deity, the God of shepherds, flock and the wild pastoral groves in Arcadia. "Pan " means "ALL" in ancient Greek. His Father was supposed to have been Hermes and his mother a Dryad. It is said that he spent most of the time wandering forests and playing his music in Arcadia.A fertility deity associated with music , part man and part goat he was usually found in the woods of Arcadia playing his pipes and trying to entice the Nymphs of the forest. He is supposed to have invented the syrinx panpipes. he was considered a amusing presence even though he did not find much success in enticing the nymphs A rare design, the center of the lawn and around its edges have pretty floral Appenzel flower swags with baskets of flowers and around the wide edges, the nymphs cavort and carry pretty garlands of flowers. A very rare and unusual tablecloth, a nice item for the collector. In very good condition, seems rarely used and it retains it's original patina.
Item # AL1146
CIRCA 1880-1900, EXQUISITE BURATTO LACE TABLECLOTH W/GRYPHONS. There is quite amazing workmanship on this wonderful Italian Buratto tablecloth . The design and lacework are excellent. I am not sure where this was made.. I wonder if it could have come from possibly the Aemilia Ars Society as the design on the needlelace remind me of earlier 17-18THC. lacework. It also could have come from the Buratto lace school?Anyone who has knowledge, I would love to hear your thoughts.This item came from a very important estate in Boston, the family go way back and were part of the "The Boston Brahmans".They were named that because they were part of High Societyand were usually important members in Boston at the time They were usually people who could trace their lineage to the earliest settlers in the Boston area. The family items in the collection dated from the 1600's. Well travelled and with superb tase they acquired many items from around the world.This tablecloth seems as if it was never used and so is in very good strong condition. The Reticella, Embroidery and the Buratto lace are all perfect. The linen cloth has elaborate work, the Buratto depicts the Tree of Life flanked on either side by mythological Gryphons. Measurig approx. 56-57". In excellent unused condition, the lace has it's original patina.
CIRCA 19THC. FINE ITALIAN TABLECLOTH W/EMBROIDERY, RETICELLA LACE.There is such elaborate and detailed raised satin stitch embroidery on this Italian tablecloth.I am thinking possibly Perugia, Genoa? Abruzzi? I will pass on information.I if I hear from someone who actually can place it.Circa late 1800's-1900, the tablecloth measures approx. almost 45"-almost 47". This certainly must have been a labor of love... the amount of workmanship is quite amazing, not only the precision of the embroidery but also the scalloped edge in itself is pretty astonishing when you view it up close.In very good strong condition, seems unused, there is one small age dot spot. This tablecloth came from the same estate as AL1145 and belonged to a very influential family in the Boston area.
CIRCA 19THC.FINE VENTIAN GROS POINT LACE CUFFS. Someone in Italy mentioned the cuffs could possibly be from Jesurum or from the Burano Lace School. I would not be surprised as the cuffs not only excel in design but also have superb lacework. In perfect condition, they were unused and retain their original cream patina.
CIRCA 19THC. ORNATE BURANO LACE COLLAR AND CUFFS. A beautiful Burano lace bertha collar measuring approx. 39" by almsot 7 1/2" wide. This lace came from a very good lace collection, the lace seems unused and has it's original cream patina. There are two cuffs that came with this collar and they so unused as they are still attached to each other. Burano lace as it's best, with wonderful meandering vines and large florals and leaves. A few openings from storage, minor as the lace certainly seems unused and is in very goods strong condition. I particularly love these beautiful Burano lace designs, the movement in the design is superb as is the workmanship.
CIRCA 1600's, VENETIAN POINT DE VENISE LACE. A wonderful early piece that came from the original lace collection that came from the "Grand Maison de Blanc" shop in Paris. A famous shop in Paris during the late 1800-1900's, the shop sold the most beautiful lace and linens to clientele from around the world. These early laces came from their archive collection of early laces. A wonderful piece for the early lace collector.