Chantilly lace

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MFA# 36.574


A delicate, handmade bobbin lace from Silk, Cotton, or Linen. Chantilly lace was first produced in Chantilly, France in the 17th century from linen. By the mid-18th century, the lace patterns were made with white, black, or blonde silk threads. Good quality machine-made imitations were sold by 1840. Chantilly laces had a characteristic double background and scalloped edges with designs of flowers in vases or baskets. They were used for bridal gowns and evening gowns.

Synonyms and Related Terms

de lace; encaje chantilly (Esp.); Chantillykant (Ned);


Common Types of Lace

Resources and Citations

  • Rosalie Rosso King, Textile Identification, Conservation, and Preservation, Noyes Publications, Park Ridge, NJ, 1985
  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998