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Collar (Italy), 1650–75

This is a Collar. It is dated 1650–75 and we acquired it in 1962. Its medium is linen and its technique is needle lace. It is a part of the Textiles department.

A man’s collar made of fine Venetian needle lace marks the height of Italian lace making in the Baroque period. Santina Levey, author of Lace: A History, characterizes Baroque style as the union between mass and movement in the creation of exuberant forms. A bold scrolling pattern of densely-worked, curving flowers attached by delicate connecting bars fills the deep collar. The raised outlines, made by shaped groups of overstitched threads, add further weight and opacity. The overall heaviness is relieved somewhat by the patterned filling stitches used on the flowers and leaves. When the bib-like front draped over a man’s coat of dark velvet or figured silk, the overall effect would have been quite dramatic.

This object was bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf (American, 1887–1961). It is credited Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma Greenleaf.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 39.7 x 38.1 cm (15 5/8 x 15 in.)

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Collar (Italy), 1650–75; linen; H x W: 39.7 x 38.1 cm (15 5/8 x 15 in.); Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma Greenleaf; 1962-50-28

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