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Bag face

Unknownca. 1810

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Sheild-shaped face of a bag. A central figure of a lion standing atop a globe supported by sheaves of wheat, with a pair of scales to the left and a bird to the right. Border of wheat stalks.

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  • Title: Bag face
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: ca. 1810
  • Viewing Notes: The double-headed eagle represents Austria, the home of Napoleon's Empress, Marie Louise. The lion. scales of justice, rooster and wheat represent Napoleonic ideals. The crescent moon and star indicate that these laces were made for the trousseau of Marie Louise.Instead of connecting bars, the bobbin-made motifs of this early 19th century Brussels-type lace are held together by a net which was added after the motifs were made. Nets are an important feature of other types of laces of the 18th and 19th centuries.-From Lace Exhibition, August 3 - November 7, 1982
  • Provenance: ex-collection: Madame Jules Porgès
  • Exhibitions: Cooper Union Museum: "The Greenleaf Collection, Textile Arts from the 16th to the Early 19th Century," 22 Jan. – 9 May 1964, p. 16, no. 198.
  • Dimensions: H x W: 29 x 20 cm (11 7/16 x 7 7/8 in.)
  • Type: Bag face
  • Rights: Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma Greenleaf
  • Medium: Medium: linen Technique: needle lace with ground of loop and twist with twist return

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