19th Century Bobbin Lace
Antique Bobbin Lace
© Lorelei Halley 2009
Duchesse: bk mk
|Several lacemakers are discernable after a close study of this piece. Not all the double layer leaves are made the same. Some are crude, some elegant. A highly skilled expert would not stoop to making sloppy lace, as some of the repeats are.||
Duchesse was a direct outgrowth of 18th century Brussels. It just became somewhat simpler and a little larger in scale.
|335 bh||212 lh||169 lh||167 lh||123 IT|
|These are bobbin made motifs appliqued onto machine made net. This type only appeared during the 19th century when machine made net became available.|
See also Duchesse by living lacemakers, and also fine bloomwork, Rosaline Withof which developed out of Duchesse.
Honiton: bk mk
First Half of 19th century See also Bath Brussels, its precursor, and Honiton, its modern development, by living lacemakers. Honiton, like Duchesse, is a direct outgrowth of 18th century part laces.
|The existence of machine made net, invented around 1780 and readily available by the mid 19th century, spurred the creation of this mixed form where hand made motifs were appliquéd onto a machine made net ground. The scale of the handwork is quite fine.|
|760 lh||47 ek|
|53 ek||51 ek||48 ek||49 ek||50 ek|
Late: the Best Honiton Could Produce. The best Honiton often had great attempts at realistic depiction of natural plant forms. The folded over leaves are an example of this. Duchesse usually stayed with stylized motifs, a great variety of flower shapes, but they are always generic flowers, not recognizable species. When I first saw this piece the needle made rings threw me off and I thought it might be Duchesse. Duchesse frequently has needle made parts added, but this is rare in Honiton. Honiton prefers to add complex bobbin made fillings instead, as in 760 and 47 above.
Very Late: Slugs & Snails Honiton
|54 ek||52 ek|
|I think this may be Idrija because laces from that district tended to have a very narrow and very dense tape with no openwork edge on the tape. The Russian piece above does have an open edge in the tape itself.|
|422 nh||421 nh|
|413 nh||409nh||408 nh|
See also very early tape lace, Milanese tape lace, Revival Era Milanese and tape laces by Living Lacemakers.
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Revised 8/16/2010 Last edited: 08/28/14