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Creator Nationality: European; Flemish
Creator Name-CRT: Flemish
Title: Rabat
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1733
Creation End Date: 1766
Creation Date: mid-18th century
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Classification Term: Textiles-Laces-Bobbin
Materials and Techniques: Linen
Dimensions: 12 1/2 in. x 17 1/2 in. (31.8 x 44.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 48.41.1
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward S. Harkness, 1948

Figural lace panels such as this one were items of gentlemen's high-fashion neckwear, meant to be attached to the end of a long, fine fabric cravat. The elaborate imagery, time-consuming to achieve, made the panels extremely expensive accessories. Drawing inspiration from contemporary formal gardens, the design of this example centers on a fountain with playing water jets, which issue from the tip of Amor's raised arrow and fall to fill a basin for swimming birds. Set among the parterres planted with tulips and other flowers is a fountain in the form of the mythical wyvern, spouting water from its mouth, and garden statuary representing a nesting bird. A whimsically incongruous dagged cloth is festooned-tied to trees and secured by overlarge tassels. The ambiguous term 'point d'Angleterre' does not refer in this instance to needlelace or the country of origin, but to a group of highest-quality bobbin laces made in Brussels. The reference to England may denote the principal market for this type.

AMICA ID: MMA_.48.41.1
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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