Lace Border - inv. 3367 a/b

Titolo: 
Lace Border
Numero di Inventario: 
3367a 3367b
Tipologia: 
lace and embroidery
Collezione: 

Textiles

Parole chiave soggetto: 
sirens
birds
decorative plant with birds
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Venice, late 16th century
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Italy
Veneto
Venice
Periodo: 
1575
Libri correlati: 
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Materia e Tecnica: 
embroidered linen
Data di Ingresso: 
entry 1931 post
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
Lace Room

In this border, to a needle lace insert  in the nineteenth century were added bobbin lace border tips, also an earlier work. Together with flowers and stylized birds, there appear mermaids  with two tails, on which tiny scales are visible.  A symbol of seduction, the siren is one of the commonest devices in sixteenth-century embroidery and lace. It also appears in pattern books and in decorative bas-reliefs of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, in keeping with a tradition that goes all the way back to Romanesque sculpture.
The eyes of the sirens and birds are black glass beads. The border tips reflect those found in the famous pattern book for bobbin lace titled “Le Pompe” (published in Venice in 1557-1560), and were used for decorating necks and cuffs, as is widely documented in portraits from the period. In the nineteenth century this border was used  in the Poldi Pezzoli home to cover the arms of the sofa in the Black Room.