Exceptional set of four Antique Italian Reticella Needle Lace Table Mats, or place setting mats, hand made in luxurious Cream Ivory. Reticella is a needle lace dating from 15th century and was extremely popular into the first quarter of the 17th century. It is considered the earliest type of needle lace. These mats are beautifully made in the 1800's with a stunning decorative design of floral motifs, a dazzling array of different shapes.
When you hold these in your hands, you will be amazed that a skilled 19th century needle woman made these entirely by hand long ago. In good antique condition. Especially exquisite when layered over a colored mat or cloth, these will set an elegant table for guests and special occasions. They are a cafe-au-lait cream color. A few small broken brides, these are lovely.