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TEXTILES & LINENS > DINING & KITCHEN

Divine Large Unused Early Vintage French Alencon Lace Tablecloth & Matching Linen Napkins ~ Figural Scenic Pictorial ~ Paris France
Divine Large Unused Early Vintage French Alencon Lace Tablecloth & Matching Linen Napkins ~ Figural Scenic Pictorial ~ Paris France
Divine Large Unused Early Vintage French Alencon Lace Tablecloth & Matching Linen Napkins ~ Figural Scenic Pictorial ~ Paris France
Divine Large Unused Early Vintage French Alencon Lace Tablecloth & Matching Linen Napkins ~ Figural Scenic Pictorial ~ Paris France
Divine Large Unused Early Vintage French Alencon Lace Tablecloth & Matching Linen Napkins ~ Figural Scenic Pictorial ~ Paris France
Divine Large Unused Early Vintage French Alencon Lace Tablecloth & Matching Linen Napkins ~ Figural Scenic Pictorial ~ Paris France
Divine Large Unused Early Vintage French Alencon Lace Tablecloth & Matching Linen Napkins ~ Figural Scenic Pictorial ~ Paris France
Divine Large Unused Early Vintage French Alencon Lace Tablecloth & Matching Linen Napkins ~ Figural Scenic Pictorial ~ Paris France
Divine Large Unused Early Vintage French Alencon Lace Tablecloth & Matching Linen Napkins ~ Figural Scenic Pictorial ~ Paris France
Divine Large Unused Early Vintage French Alencon Lace Tablecloth & Matching Linen Napkins ~ Figural Scenic Pictorial ~ Paris France
Divine Large Unused Early Vintage French Alencon Lace Tablecloth & Matching Linen Napkins ~ Figural Scenic Pictorial ~ Paris France
Divine Large Unused Early Vintage French Alencon Lace Tablecloth & Matching Linen Napkins ~ Figural Scenic Pictorial ~ Paris France
Divine Large Unused Early Vintage French Alencon Lace Tablecloth & Matching Linen Napkins ~ Figural Scenic Pictorial ~ Paris France
Divine Large Unused Early Vintage French Alencon Lace Tablecloth & Matching Linen Napkins ~ Figural Scenic Pictorial ~ Paris France
Divine Large Unused Early Vintage French Alencon Lace Tablecloth & Matching Linen Napkins ~ Figural Scenic Pictorial ~ Paris France
Divine Large Unused Early Vintage French Alencon Lace Tablecloth & Matching Linen Napkins ~ Figural Scenic Pictorial ~ Paris France

Material:  Tablecloth ~ cotton
               Napkins ~ Irish linen & cotton lace
Tablecloth Size:  Length ~ 104 inches = 8.66 Feet
                         Width ~ 71 inches wide = 5.91 feet
Napkin Size:  20 & ½ inches square
Color:  Cream / off white / light ivory
Origin:  French, France
Labels/tags:  White cloth labels state ~ Made In France
                     Round green sticky paper tags state ~
Pure Linen Hand Thread Drawn Made In Ireland
Age:  Early 20th century
Quantity:  13 pieces ~ 1 tablecloth & 12 napkins

A truly divine find!  An amazingly unused, early vintage figural alencon lace tablecloth and matching linen and lace napkins set that was made in France in the early 20th century, probably the first quarter, c. 1910 -20s;  later La Belle Epoque / Edwardian era, through the Roaring Twenties / Art Deco period.
This type of grand tablecloth is somewhat unusual and rather hard to find.  Occasionally I have found similar period lace featuring scenes of India, with palm trees and the Taj Mahal, etc; usually these were smaller pieces like table runners, but every now and then, I have seen a tablecloth.  However, other versions, like this example featuring popular French scenes are definitely more rare, so we are very pleased to present this desirable unused matching tablecloth and napkin set!

This large formal dinner size tablecloth combines a dense, abundant floral and foliage design more typically found with alencon lace, with a harder to find scenic, or pictorial element that depicts French scenes and famous buildings, basilicas, cathedrals, churches and other culturally important monuments in Paris France, including the Pantheon, Notre Dame, Le Arc de Triomphe, Le Sacre Coeur, Les Invalides, and the Eiffel Tower, along with other significant French symbols, such as the shield and fleur-de-lis. While we could not include images of all scenes depicted on the cloth, a few examples are shown above, with close up views photographed using a red silk background, to better show detail.
Needless to say this table cloth is a feast for the senses!  In addition to everything described above, the abundant pattern motif, which is highlighted with a fine over embroidered cordonnet outline that adds a wonderful three dimensional quality, also incorporates a variety of fancy fillings, such as point d’ esprit. Additionally, the overall design of the cloth, from the density of the figural lace pattern, to the beautifully scalloped edge detail, is also very visually pleasing.   Due to the very high quality lace, which is fine, light and airy, it is a tactile delight as well.
The twelve superb quality very fine Irish linen large dinner size napkins are accented with hand drawn ladder work hem/edge detail and further decorated with scenic lace featuring the Eiffel Tower that coordinates with the matching design motif on the cloth.  All of the napkins retain their original
Made In France cloth labels, and most also retain their original small round green paper labels, as well.  See 14th image above.
The tablecloth also retains the original cloth
Made In France label and as mentioned previously, neither the cloth, or napkins, have every been used.
The set remains in amazingly good and clean vintage estate condition.  Since the pieces have never been used and many retaining original paper labels, I did not launder and there are some small, light oxidation specks on the napkins, plus a few have small areas of residue from missing paper labels, as shown in the 15th (second to last) image above.  This affects the linen only and is not uncommon to find with long stored old textiles.  We feel confident that these extremely minor issues to napkins would easily resolve with a gentle first soak.
The tablecloth is also in a similar overall amazingly fine condition, with no noted spots, stains, marks, etc.
While it is possible something tiny / minuscule may have been missed, I really do not think so, as every piece was examined with extreme care, in several different types of light.
Additionally, we noted no holes, tears, rips, picks,
or damage of any other kind, to either the tablecloth, or the napkins.

A wonderful and hard to find, very high quality early vintage textile, featuring impactful imagery, sure to be appreciated by anyone with an interest in France, or French culture, or those who collect rare antique and vintage linens and textiles.
From this same wealthy New York estate we also acquired a similar and equally rare cloth and napkin set featuring lovely Italian scenes, including The Grand Canal, as well as many important buildings and monuments in Venice Italy.  Please see image and link at left.

Divine Large Unused Early Vintage French Alencon Lace Tablecloth & Matching Linen Napkins ~ Figural Scenic Pictorial ~ Paris France

$ 1250.00

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