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IN SEARCH OF LACE.... took us to Cantu, Italy for THE 14th

INTERNATIONAL LACE

BIENNIAL...and then Valletta Malta in October of 2019

Maltese Lace Pillow (above)

Reticella Lace at The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (above)

Cantu Lace, Late 19th Century (above)

Maltese Lace-making Pillows and Tools (below)

THE LACE MUSEUM IS

RE-OPENING!!!!

WE HAVE A NEW SUITE #219

JUNE 30th

TUESDAYS and

THURSDAYS 12-5pm

WE ARE ALWAYS OPEN 

FOR A PERSONAL TOUR 

OF THE MUSEUM

ANY DAY OF THE WEEK

BY APPOINTMENT !!!

If there needs to be 

communication with the 

Museum, please contact the Owner/Curator Mary 

Salmon at USA (937) 681-7219

In Search of Lace

9th Marquis Nicholas de Piro
shared his precious family collection of Maltese Lace with Mary Salmon at Valletta, Malta and it was a pleasure meeting his colleague Caroline Tonna (above).

Visit their Websites:

Photos: The Living Lace Exhibit

Brugge, Belgium 2018 (below)

New to the Museum is an astonishing piece of (tagged) Aemilia Ars Society Silk Lace. Bologna, Italy, circa 1900 (above).

We are proud to exhibit a new collection of Antique/Vintage Lace-making Pillows purchased at auction in London. (above)

 FREE OF CHARGE EXHIBITS:

18th and 19th Century Handmade Lace & Linen Lace-making Tools, Textiles, and Fashion. Sales of Fine Antique Lace, Linen, & Textiles Vintage Fashion, Fabrics, and Buttons

133 West Main Street

Northville Square Suite #160

Northville, Michigan

PH: (937) 681-7219 United States

Museum Hours:

TUESDAYS 12:00 - 5:00pm

THURSDAYS 12:00 - 5:00pm

APPOINTMENTS: SATURDAYS

12:00 -5:00PM

    We are always OPEN for Appointments

THE EXHIBIT FOR WINTER 2018:

From the MARCHE AUS PUCES DE SAINT-OUEN FLEA MARKET IN PARIS WITH NEW SENSATIONAL HANDMADE PARISIAN LACE DRAPERIES circa , 1900. (above)

Antique Ecclesiastical Lace on exhibit at

St. Giles Catholic Church Brugges, Belgium (above and below).

Detail of a Cantu Lace Tablecloth, 

Italy circa 1890

from a visit to Cantu, 

Italy October 2019 (above)

The Lace Museum exhibits 19th Century Antique Lace Bobbins, Lace Making Tools, Antique Thread, Dressmaking Tools, and Antique Sewing Machines. Lace Making Bobbins were mostly constructed from wood, bone and even various metals; very rarely an ivory bobbin can be found. An example of a Bone Bobbin can be found, above, inscribed with Mary and spangled with glass beads.

A superb mint-condition Lace Fan with Mother of Pearl sticks with a beautifully detailed painting of a courting couple. The fan is signed, probably Brussels Lace circa 1900 (above).

 A 16th century lace pattern (Reticella) from Les Singuliers et Nouveaux Pourtaicts; Federico de Vinciolo, dated 1587, shows how far into the past the art of Lacemaking extends. (above).

Wealthy Victorian and Edwardian family households would commonly have Bed Linens constructed of the finest Linen, derived from famous Flax Fields such as those found in the cooler regions of Russia, Switzerland, Belgium, Flanders, or Ireland. They were also elaborately hand-embroidered and monogrammed with a Family Crest or Initials (above).

Edwardian Embroidered Tablecloth depicting the life of Joan of Arc (above).

Italian Needlelace, circa 1870 (above)

The Lace Museum 

shows rotating exhibits 

of Authentic Victorian &

 Edwardian Fashion: Day Dresses, Promenade Dress, Vintage and

 Antique Evening Gowns, and

 clothing from the American 

Civil War. Rotating exhibits

 of Hand-made Bobbin Lace, 

Needlelace, and Victorian 

Machine-made Lace from Italy, 

France, Belgium, Germany, 

England, Ireland, Russia, 

and the Far-East.

Antique Needle and Bobbin Lace could also be richly decorated with glass beads and metallic thread, such as this lovely and rare piece of Victorian Trim for an Evening gown (above).

 Handmade Lace has become nearly extinct over the course of history due in large part to the introduction of Lace Machinery. In America, the decline of the Pillow Lace Making craft at the Massachusetts Bay Colony of Ipswich suffered due to the production of Machine made Lace (above).

An original Victorian-era Detroit Designer - Hugo Hill - Visiting Ensemble. (above and below).

Antique Lacemaking Bobbins,

probably mid-19th century (above).

       18th Century Alb:

Handmade Needle Lace in the

Italian Reticella Style (above).

Handmade 19th Century Needlelace often depicted mythical characters, historical events, a pastoral or country scene (above).

The Lace Museum Detroit also exhibits Edwardian Era Textile and Lace Fashion in the form of clothing, as well as hats, shoes, and purses of the period, similar to those in the photograph above. 

Italian Needlelace, circa 1870 (above)

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