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Border
(late 16th century)

Medium
linen, glass beads
Measurements
13.9 × 127.0 cm irreg.
Place/s of Execution
Venice, Italy
Accession Number
896-D5
Department
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1964
Gallery location
Not on display
Description
Border of flat needlepoint lace (punto in aria). The design of open scrolling and continuous floral stems is arranged to form points alternately of carnations and hyacinths and includes the Visconti crest (a crowned serpent), stags, hounds, peacocks and other plants and animals are introduced and the stems sometimes twist into two lover’s knots. Each eye of the animals is represented with a very small dark blue bead.