Half Shawl

A border of roses surrounds the shawl, and a bouquet of the same flowers forms the center on a perfectly plain ground.

Manufactured by Auguste Lefèbure et Fils, France

Geography:
Made in Normandy, France, Europe

Date:
1867

Medium:
Silk bobbin lace (Chantilly)

Dimensions:
12 x 46 3/4 inches (30.5 x 118.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1938-32-2

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Bayard Henry, 1938

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  • PublicationThe Fine Art of Textiles

    This half-shawl was purchased at the Paris Exposition of 1867 by William T. Blodgett, a founder of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It was made by Auguste Lefèbure et Fils, one of the most influential firms in the nineteenth-century French lace industry. The Art Journal described this shawl as "a most perfect specimen of shading and workmanship. A border of roses surrounds the shawl, and a bouquet of the same flowers forms the centre, grouped with the elegance of a Redouté, and beautifully shaded as a painting. The ground is pefectly plain; a masterpiece of its kind; not a joining can be detected" ("Catalogue of the Paris Universal Exposition," n.s., vol. 6 [1867], p. 112). Dilys E. Blum, from The Fine Art of Textiles: The Collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1997), p. 75.