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Cantu Tablecloth 64 x 112

Cantu Tablecloth 64 x 112
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HANDMADE LACE CANTU Tablecloth 64 x 112rnAll handmade Italy and probably made by several woman. rnWas appraised by Kate Henry.rnRemarkable piece one-of-a-kindrnMint condition rn1900-1920srnrnThis Tablecloth is 64 x 112 is an unbelievable work of art. It is Handmade Italian Cantu Bobbin Lace. It is not Renaissance, which is a form of Battenburg Needle lace that copies some of the Italian Milanese and Belgian Brussels and Bruges bobbin lace designs. You have the real thing here. :) Parts of the design resemble Italian Milanese Bobbin Lace. rnThe scrolly branch curls between the large figural medalions are in the Cantu style. Cantu and Milan are close cities each producing their own trademark work. It does not surprise me that there are influences of more than one style in such a complex piece of lace. The lovely starry background found in the figural medallions is also used in Belgian Brugges laces. The ribbons and scrolls, and the figures are all flat, with no raised veins or details. Brugges has rolled cables of threads which stand up from the flat surface. Milan uses both the simple ribbons found in this tablecloth, and highly complex ribbons that shift in dimension and built-in decoration. I do not see any of the patterned ribbons in this tablecloth. Cantu often has whole fields of the scrolled branches, interspersed with small animals. The several influences make an exciting and lively combination. rnThe figures are hand braided, as is all handmade bobbin lace. Every figure is individually constructed to form a flat braid with a varying number of threads, as determined by the pattern and the individual lacemaker. The narrow portions require few threads, and wider areas need more threads braided in. In photo 018 tufts as expected included below, you can see the areas where tufts of threads are added and subtracted on the back of the lace...dotted in pink. They are supposed to be right there. In photo included below, you can see the variance of width of the curling branches, and at the tips, there are many threads neatly removed from the work to make the point sharp. These ribbon branches are not stock yardage folded and pleated. The threads are laid in to flow with the design around curves and corners. rnEverything in this tablecloth is bobbin worked. There are no pre-made machine yardages of ribbon gathered and folded to make the curves. If dissassembled, there would be no way to straighten out the curved portions. All of the several patterns of backgrounds joining the different portions of the tablecloth are also hand bobbin work, not needlelace. rnrnThis table cloth is made in many sections, so many lacemakers have worked on their own parts concurrently. It may have been assembled for a private commission. It is unlikely that there is another one assembled of the same parts, so the design is likely to be one of a kind. Even if two had been commissioned at the same time to be a pair of the same design, the individual pieces would not be identical. rnEach figure in the lace can be made by a different person, so that those who are expert at feathers are assigned to birds, left handed cherubs, right handed cherubs, etc. The large number of lacemakers working on one part each, means that the start to finish time of such a large lace is relatively short... we're talking in terms of months rather than years. A lace of this size made by a single person from start to finish, would require years of continuous work. It is unlikely to find a modern lacemaker willing to undertake the task. New made cost would be many times the approximate value of the lace as an antique. rnrnAt home, or in a guild, or in a factory situation, lacemakers produce their portion according to parts of the designer's overall drawing. They may never be aware of the final product, beyond knowing that their portion will be combined with others to make a grand tablecloth, or bedspread, or set of magnificent curtains. The full size drawing 64 by 112 inches, is copied and the copy cut apart. Each lacemaker gets her own portion to work as she sees fit. When they are complete, they are delivered to the assemblers who fill in the background meshes and join all the pieces into the finished whole. rnrnThe fiber is linen by tradition. The age, approximately 1900-1920s. rnrnReferences:rn20th Century Linens and Laces, Scofield and Zalamea, ISBN 9-780887-408267rnBrugs Bloemwerk, J.E.H. Rombach-De Kievid, ISBN 90-6255-219-6rnIl merletto di Cantu, Flavia Tagliabue,2002 Fo(u)r Press, Como Italy ISBN 88-88767-00-2rnMilanese Lace, Read and Kincaid, ISBN 0-7134-5707-4rnNeedle-made Laces, Pat Earnshaw, ISBN 0-7063-6620-4rnRennaisance Lace,D.J.Healy, 1904, Detroit, no ISBNrnrnThank you for sharing this lovely lace with me.rn-- Kate Henry rn rnNeed more Pictures?rnContact Us If You Are Interested In This Remarkable Item

Price: $9,500.00

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