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Exceptional Heirloom Antique Cantu Lace Figural Tablecloth Reindeer Peacocks

Exceptional Heirloom Antique Cantu Lace Figural Tablecloth Reindeer Peacocks Exceptional Heirloom Antique Cantu Lace Figural Tablecloth Reindeer Peacocks Exceptional Heirloom Antique Cantu Lace Figural Tablecloth Reindeer Peacocks
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Amazing, exceptional ethereal quality hand made Cantu Tablecloth, made between 1900 - 1920. Rare to find, especially in this condition, a work of art worthy of a museum display, this cloth was made entirely by hand in Italy. Most likely made by several expert needlewomen, as a lace piece of this size made by a single woman from start to finish would require years of continuous work. 

Classic Cantú lace making began in the 19th century, but lace was made in the area much earlier.  Inventories of princely furnishings dating back as early as 1493 refer to “tarnete” {lace} made a “gruppi” {in groups} “a ossi” {with bobbins}.  Pieces like this, most often created as a special order for a rich patron, were produced in parts by several lace makers, one might be asked to do floral parts, one might do the animal medallions, another would make the scrolliing borders, each to her own specialty. The lace makers might never know exactly what their lace would be a part of, as when the pieces were completed, they would be joined together by an expert "assembler" who would then follow the designers pattern and join all the pieces together with background mesh and stitches. 

This outstanding figural cloth is truly a delight to behold,it is made of linen as was the tradition of the old cantu lace, in a soft off white color.  Intricate absolutely everywhere, with beautiful decorate designs of flowers, urns, leaf motifs, peacocks, and reindeer, amongst many more. In good antique condition, what a gracious table this will set for your most important dinner parties, family celebrations, and holidays.  A once in a life time acquisition, lace for the table like this doesn't become available often, if this captures your heart, this is the only one I have ever even seen in over 12 years! There are just a few broken brides, and a small negligible spot on this museum quality cloth. Measures 120" x 60". 

$524.00
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