Alençon lace is one of the most prestigious laces and one of the most prized under Napoleon III. Here, the patterns are shaded by the use of more or less tightly filled points. This frill with a virtuoso and rich decoration, characteristic of the taste of the Second Empire, was destined for exceptional circumstances.


  • Title: Lace frill
  • Physical Dimensions: 23 x 143
  • Type: Handmade lace (needle), Alençon style
  • Medium: Linen
  • period: around 1865
  • Inventory number: CiDM 1954.14.38
  • Conservatory storage: Calais, France

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