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Leaf of Mechlin (Flanders) lace. Twenty-two pierced, ribbed ivory sticks, painted in oil (?). Central obverse painted plaque (on blades) shows a scene of a man and two seated ladies, plaque to left shows a woman, plaque to right shows a man. Diamond paste studs at rivet, large brass ring.

Inscription

SINCERITÉ EST RARE

Provenance

Gift of Misses Aimeé and Rosamond Lamb to the MFA, April 12, 1978.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Aimée and Miss Rosamond Lamb

1790–1810

Object Place

England or France

Dimensions

Guard: 28.5 cm (11 1/4 in.); maximum open: 50 cm (19 11/16 in.); arc: 130°

Accession Number

1978.131

Medium or Technique

Lace leaf; ribbed, pierced, ivory sticks painted in oil (?); paste; brass

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes