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

Material:  Tablecloth ~ cotton
               Napkins ~ Irish linen & cotton lace
Tablecloth Size:  Length ~ 107 inches = 8.91 Feet
                         Width ~ 68 inches wide = 5.66 feet
Napkin Size:  20 & ¾ x 20 & ½ inches
Color:  White, pale cream
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:  12 pieces ~ 1 tablecloth & 11 napkins

A truly divine find!  An early, amazingly unused, 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; usually these were smaller pieces like table runners, but every now and then I would see a tablecloth.  However, other versions, like this example featuring popular Italian 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 Italian canal scenes and famous buildings, basilicas, cathedrals, churches, palaces, plus other culturally important monuments in Venice Italy, including the Ponte di Rialto arched bridge.  Other significant places, such as the Grand Canal, St. Mark’s Square and Santa Maria Della Salute are also depicted, along with famous Italian symbols, such as the gondolier, gondolas and a mythical looking winged Pegasus, which is an important Italian image frequently seen in their frescos, paintings, statues, sculptures, and even their currency.
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 opulent 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 eleven 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 mythical winged horse, Pegasus, which coordinates with the matching design motif on the cloth.  All of the napkins retain their original
Made In France cloth labels, and several retain the original small round green paper labels, as well.  See 13th image above.
This tablecloth and napkin set, which as mentioned previously have never been used. remain in amazingly good and clean vintage estate condition.  Since the pieces remain unused and several retain original paper labels, I did not launder and there are some small, light storage oxidation specks/spots on the napkins, plus a couple have a small area of residue from a missing paper label, as shown in the 15th (second to last) image above.  This affects only the linen and is not uncommon to find on 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 only one extremely small, apx. ¼ inch very light yellowish spot
very near one scallop edge, with no other 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, o
r 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 Italy, or Italian 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 French scenes, including famous buildings, basilicas, cathedrals, churches and other culturally important monuments in Paris France, including the Eiffel Tower, and more.  Please see image and link at left.

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

$ 1250.00

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