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Ornament for garment
(c. 17th century)

linen (needle lace), glass (beads)
18.2 × 45.7 cm
Place/s of Execution
Venice, Italy
Accession Number
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1964
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
For neck of Alb., punto in aria, Madonna and Persons of the Trinity, cherubs, flowers, glass beads for eyes V-shaped piece with Madonna and figures of the Trinity, glass beads for eyes. Cehrubs and flowers in background. Robes are worked apart from the figures. The Garments have edges of Punto in avorio (G & K). Needlelace (punto in aria, punto in avorio, mezza mandolina). The Madonna in a robe sprinkled with stars and crowned, is seated on clouds, her foot resting on the head of a Cherub. The three persons of the trinity are above. Cherubs and conventional flowers are introduced into the background; the robes are worked apart from the figures in a lacis stitch called mezza mandolina (Pollen, 1908) “Punto in Avorio: Italian Ivory stitch – a) a buttonhole stitch knotted tightly just below the loop it has passed through. B) A form of lace made with this stitch, e.g. puncetto. C) a sculptured Venetian lace where the pale colour and waxy lustre are reminiscent of the smooth patina of carved ivory. Earnshaw, P., A Dictionary of Lace’ Dover Publications, 1999, p 8 (Online)