Christmas is just around the corner and no-one needs to be embarrassed by displaying a shabby tablecloth when this beauty is available.
Venetian needle lace, History.
French Point De Venise, Venetian lace made with a needle from the 16th to the 19th century. Early examples were deep, acute-angled points, each worked separately and linked together by a narrow band, or footing, stitched with buttonholing.
These points were used in ruffs and collars in the 16th and 17th centuries and, from their presence in portraits by Anthony Van Dyck, are known as vandykes. Geometrical designs began to give way in the late 16th century to more curvilinear patterns.
From 1620 Venetian raised lace (in Italian punto a relievo, in French gros point de Venise) developed distinct from flat Venetian (point plat de Venise).
The pattern was raised by outlining the design with a cordonnet, a heavier thread, bundle of threads, or horsehair, worked over with buttonholing, so that the curls, scrolls, and conventionalized leaves stood out like relief carving.
Rose point (point de rose) was less grandiose than gros point but even more ornamented with many little loops (picots) and rosettes; lace with more light bars of thread (brides) worked with such motifs as picots and stars like snowflakes was called point de neige (snow lace). Point de Venise à réseau (Venetian lace with a mesh), imitated c. 1650 from French lace, had a mesh ground instead of bars. Lace making declined in Venice in the early 19th century but was revived in 1872 at nearby Burano.
During the 20th Century pieces differed depending on Country of Origin, they varied slightly in look and technique, The most sought after pieces come from France, Italy and the Reticella pieces from Belgium
Beautiful embroidered linen once formed part of the trousseau for young girls. Even if they didnt know when or indeed if they would marry, certain items (usually carefully wrapped to protect them) would be placed in a wardrobe or chest in readiness for the big day. They would often be embroidered with the initial of the future bride-to-be and once a husband had been chosen, his initial would be added to hers. It would therefore be a bit sad (although rare and probably expensive) to find antique linen that has been monogrammed with only one initial!
Wealthy families during the 19th and early 20th centuries commissioned the nuns from the local convents for their embroidery skills. The item "Antique Ecru Burano Italian Venice Point De Venise Table Cloth Needlelace 240 cm" is in sale since Monday, July 23, 2018.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Textiles, Linens\Lace, Crochet, Doilies\Table Cloths". The seller is "cherylb8668" and is located in Morisset, NSW.This item can be shipped worldwide.