Duchesse lace

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Fan with Duchesse lace
MFA# 1976.542


Lace fragment
MFA # 63.1066a

A popular, inexpensive, Bobbin lace made in motif sections with raised worked patterns that were joined with thread bars. From about 1840-1900, duchesse lace, named after the duchess of Brabant, was primarily made in Bruges and in many Belgium convents.

Synonyms and Related Terms

bobbin lace; duchess lace; satin duchesse (Fr.); point Duchesse; guipure lace


Common Types of Lace

Resources and Citations

  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937