I'm afraid my usual complaint applies here, too. That is a really bad photo,
impossible to tell anything about the structure from the photo. I can't even
tell if it is a part lace or a straight lace. However, I don't think it is
pottenkant. That form does have the mirror image in the design. And most of
the photos I've seen of pottenkant show a fairly large percentage of the
surface to be taken up by a ground. And pottenkant is a straight lace.

What comes to mind as a possibility, if it is a part lace, is what Levey
calls "Bath Brussels" -- a lace made of discrete motifs, usually somewhat
loose in density, compared to Brussels lace of the early 18th century. The
design of Bath Brussels would be less taut, less well defined than in
Brussels. The date would be c 1700- c 1740 or 1750. But I can't even apply
this name to your lace because I can't even tell if it is a part lace, let
alone other structural elements. Isn't there a fragmental photo with more
clarity? (I would personally like to shoot all the museum photographers who
produce this kind of image, and all the curators who treat such photos as
acceptable. I realize I'm being a grump, here.)


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Subject: [lace] Identification of Dutch lace needed

There is a puzzling piece in our collection. It is a flower basket. The
cloth work is dense linen stitch. The background is entirely half stitch. I
KNOW that someone has told me that this is some special, recognizable form
of lace.
But, I donb

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