The queen of all froo froo, I assure you, in the best of taste and finest of
linen. Heavenly days, I'm breathless as I write this...
Extraordinary embroidered and pulled lace work French wedding sheet is
romantically finished with large cherub figures in wide lace on three sides and
tall robed goddesses within the center medallion. "La Nuit....Le Jour" --
"The Night....The Day" in French, is worked into the center panel along with a
moon and stars and a bright shining sun.
Crisp white drapey medium
to heavy linen
is smooth and finely woven....absolutely delightful! Pulled lace (also
called 'punchwork', but not to be confused with drawnwork where threads are
actually drawn out from the cloth) at one time was considered poor man's lace
because nothing special was required to make it except needle, thread and
fabric. An awl-like tool was used to push ('punch') through the fabric to
make a hole that was then caught with thread on all sides. A pattern was
created by carefully counting the threads and making holes as needed to reveal
What we see here is the
pinnacle of this style, done to perfection by an expert, professional hand with
a very detailed pattern. Two
small light marks are the only flaws, shown below. Freshly laundered and pressed, in excellent condition.
c.1900 -- 1920
102" wide X 106" long
Antique French linen
embroidered drawn lace figural wedding sheet or coverlet