Lace insertion with a central medallion containing the imperial shield of Napoleon I, surrounded by small floral sprays, in a net ground. Made in Lille style with heavy thread.
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Title: Lace insertion
Date Created: early 19th Century, after 1804
Viewing Notes: Napoleon was named Emperor in 1804 and this imperial insignia was no doubt intended to be part of a large scale lace, probably a bed cover.-From Lace Exhibition, August 3 - November 7, 1982
Exhibitions: Cooper Union Museum, New York: "The Greenleaf Collection, Textile Arts from the 16th to early 19th century," 22 Jan - 9 May 1964, p. 23, no. 370.Cooper-Hewitt, New York: "More than Meets the Eye," Nov 15- Feb 15 1978.
Dimensions: H x W: 35 x 35 cm (13 3/4 x 13 3/4 in.)