CIRCA 19THC. RARE AEMILIA ARS SOCIETY TABLECLOTH. It is always very rare to find a Aemilia Ars lace tablecloth! The Aemilia Ars society was founded in the late 19thc. the aristocracy encouraged artisans in the society . At first the lacemakers copied lace designs from the 16-17Th centuries and created a beautiful selection of lace items. They say the inspiration for the society came from Alfonso Rubbiani and that the Countess Bianconcini taught the lacemakers the technique of Reticella and Punto In Aria laces.They first copied the patterns form the 16-17THC and then made more modern lace, combining the historical styles but also the Art Nouveau styles that became very popular during this time. William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement were inspirational throughout Europe at the time. This cloth has the original metal tag. The design and workmanship on the cloth are exceptional. Measuring approx. 29 inches.A few minor openings otherwise good condition.Items from the society are found in museums throughout the world.