Lace frill

Cité de la dentelle et de la mode

Cité de la dentelle et de la mode

The "punto in aria", literally "point in the air", appeared in the first half of the 16th century and was the first lace point (in the strict sense of the term: that is created separately from a pre-existing textile support) made with a needle. Originally from Italy, this technique spread across Europe thanks to model books. In France, Catherine and especially Marie de Medicis were big consumers, followed by the court and the wealthy bourgeoisie.

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  • Title: Lace frill
  • Physical Dimensions: 9 x 33 cm
  • Type: Hand-made lace (needle and bobbins), "punto in aria" style
  • Medium: Linen
  • period: around 1625
  • Inventory number: CiDM 1954.8.1
  • Conservatory storage: Calais, France