French Lace: Linen, needle lace (point de France)
late 17th century
The term point de France originally referred to both needle and bobbin lace made in France, but eventually became synonymous with French needle lace characterized by a hexagonal background mesh covered with buttonhole stitches and embellished with tiny projections known as picots.
This cravat with a hunting theme was reputedly part of a set made in 1697 for the marriage of Marie-Adelaide of Savoy and Louis XIV’s grandson the duc de Bourgogne.
©The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Trümmerfrau (“Rubble woman”), 1945/46
Made from bits of coloured stone found in the ruins of Dresden after its destruction by allied bombers on 12/13 February 1945. Trümmerfrauen were the women who cleared the rubble in the bombed out cities of Germany in the late 1940s.
height 52 cm