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)
CIRCA 1900's,ORNATE NEEDLE LACE TABLE RUNNER W/FIGURALS AND FESTIVE SCENES. A fine and interesting long Needle lace table runner measuring approx. 124 " By 11". The table runner has numerous ladies , gentlemen , children and architectural elements. There seems to be a noble and his lady dressed in period costume with their hunting dogs enjoying a festive spring scene. there are fine detailed trees, playful dogs, musicians,ladies and gentlemen dancing, sharing drinks. In all, approx. 24 assorted figures., numerous houses, castle?, architectural elements including beer kegs, fences, bridges. This perhaps could be a scene from a hunt.This item was perhaps made for someone in Bavaria, Germany , Austria .In very good condition, one repair and a few age related spots that are minor. Item has its original cream lace patina. (Item #ALTR125)
CIRCA 19THC.CHILD'S PIQUE BUSTLE DRESS W/SOUTACHE EMBROIDERY. A wonderful period pique dress with elaborate soutache embroidery. One of the prettiest dresses I have come across! There is embroidery is along the bodice , on the deep scalloped edges, sleeves, pockets with a wonderful pique additional piece for the waist that has soutache embroidery and ruffles.In very good condition. (Item #247)
CIRCA 1800's,ELEGANT EMPIRE GOWN WITH FINE NET INSERTIONS. CIRCA 1810-1820, a elegant and fine linen christening gown with piping ,pintucking and fine net insertions on bodice, wide bands at the bottom of the gown and also along the wings of the gown. In good strong condition but the gown has a tiny rust spot at the bottom and a few small ones at the back which need to be spot cleaned. The design on this gown is quite lovely, a nice item for the early collector. (Item #246)
CIRCA 1900, CHILD'S FINE LAWN DRESS WITH BIRDS,VALENCIENNE LACE. A beautiful lawn dress with a wonderful large collar that has Swiss embroidery and lace. The design on the Valencienne lace is quite lovely and also rare with peacocks and florals in the design. A wonderful dress for the collector! In very good condition.(Item #245)