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Fine Large Antique 19th Century French Heavily Embroidered Whitework & Needlelace Handkerchief w/ Provenance ~ From Historically Significant Collection of Maurice Brix
Fine Large Antique 19th Century French Heavily Embroidered Whitework & Needlelace Handkerchief w/ Provenance ~ From Historically Significant Collection of Maurice Brix
Fine Large Antique 19th Century French Heavily Embroidered Whitework & Needlelace Handkerchief w/ Provenance ~ From Historically Significant Collection of Maurice Brix
Fine Large Antique 19th Century French Heavily Embroidered Whitework & Needlelace Handkerchief w/ Provenance ~ From Historically Significant Collection of Maurice Brix
Fine Large Antique 19th Century French Heavily Embroidered Whitework & Needlelace Handkerchief w/ Provenance ~ From Historically Significant Collection of Maurice Brix
Fine Large Antique 19th Century French Heavily Embroidered Whitework & Needlelace Handkerchief w/ Provenance ~ From Historically Significant Collection of Maurice Brix
Fine Large Antique 19th Century French Heavily Embroidered Whitework & Needlelace Handkerchief w/ Provenance ~ From Historically Significant Collection of Maurice Brix
Fine Large Antique 19th Century French Heavily Embroidered Whitework & Needlelace Handkerchief w/ Provenance ~ From Historically Significant Collection of Maurice Brix
Fine Large Antique 19th Century French Heavily Embroidered Whitework & Needlelace Handkerchief w/ Provenance ~ From Historically Significant Collection of Maurice Brix
Fine Large Antique 19th Century French Heavily Embroidered Whitework & Needlelace Handkerchief w/ Provenance ~ From Historically Significant Collection of Maurice Brix
Fine Large Antique 19th Century French Heavily Embroidered Whitework & Needlelace Handkerchief w/ Provenance ~ From Historically Significant Collection of Maurice Brix
Fine Large Antique 19th Century French Heavily Embroidered Whitework & Needlelace Handkerchief w/ Provenance ~ From Historically Significant Collection of Maurice Brix
Fine Large Antique 19th Century French Heavily Embroidered Whitework & Needlelace Handkerchief w/ Provenance ~ From Historically Significant Collection of Maurice Brix
Fine Large Antique 19th Century French Heavily Embroidered Whitework & Needlelace Handkerchief w/ Provenance ~ From Historically Significant Collection of Maurice Brix
Fine Large Antique 19th Century French Heavily Embroidered Whitework & Needlelace Handkerchief w/ Provenance ~ From Historically Significant Collection of Maurice Brix
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Material:  Extra Fine Linen Lawn
Color:  Ivory
Size:  apx. 16 & 1/2 inches square
Label/Tag:  Maurice Brix  Antiquary  125 South 18 Street  Philadelphia
Age:  19th Century
Origin:  France / Continental
Quantity:  1

A very fine large antique embroidered whitework handkerchief, likely French in origin and dating to the earlier 19th century, apx. c. 1830 - 1850; late Georgian / early Victorian era.
This large hanky, which is very light ivory in color, features lavish hand embroidery on extremely fine, smooth and diaphanous hand loomed handkerchief linen lawn.  We considered the possibility of muslin versus lawn, but the weave appears to be finer and tighter than we would expect from period muslin.
The handkerchief was very skillfully embroidered in a fanciful nature inspired design popular during the romanticism period that incorporates a multitude of flower motifs with floral sprays and foliage, then further embellished with various delicate needlelace fillings.  The embroidery is exceedingly fine, utilizing a variety of raised and padded type stitches to impart a three dimensional effect.  Additionally, the edges of the hanky are shaped and scalloped with equally minute, perfect hand embroidered finishing stitches.  The embroidery is so well executed that the handkerchief is reversible, as it is virtually the same on both sides; you either need the eyes of an eagle, or significant magnification to detect a substantial difference.  See image #12 w/tag above, which shows close up detail of embroidery on hanky reverse.  Quite an incredible feat considering the elaborate design and intricate stitches and certainly indicating a quality likely only available to the most affluent and wealthy.
The handkerchief has a paper tag/inventory label attached, via loosely basted threads, indicating it was the property of noted Philadelphia Pennsylvania collector and scholar Maurice Brix, (b. apx 1867 ? - d. 1930) an important, well known and established authority on all types of antiques, including colonial silver and early silversmiths, on which he was a published author. Records show that Mr. Brix was frequently consulted by major museums, important institutions, professionals and other authors regarding his extensive knowledge in the antiquities field.  We know that Brix is a French surname, so it is possible that this handkerchief was a family heirloom, but it is well established that Mr. Brix specialized in collecting items significant to colonial era, 18th and 19th century Philadelphia, during which time there had been a huge influx of European immigrants, so while we cannot say with certainty how he acquired the hanky, we do know that it was part of his inventoried collection.
During his lifetime antiquarian Mr. Brix donated and/or lent many items to museums, which several of these institutions still retain. Additionally, Mr. Brix is considered such a significant historical figure that a number of museums have examples of his everyday writing/correspondence in their permanent collections.
After Maurice Brix’s death, John Marshall Phillips, (b. 1905 - d. 1953) another noted author and silver expert was commissioned to catalogue the extensive, historically significant and important Brix collection. Mr. Phillips, who was a noted art historian as well, later became Director of Yale University Art Gallery and during WWII worked to recover art stolen by the Nazis.
In the 1950’s Brix’s widow, Anna, Marie Brix, contracted with an important New York auction gallery to sell much of his extensive collection, so many of the items were dispersed at that time.   We acquired this divine antique textile from an exceptional lace collection near Boston, Massachusetts, which is very close to the two aforementioned locales, so it is entirely possible that this antique hanky spent most of it’s long life in the same general, historically rich, East Coast area.
Condition:  The condition of this 150+ year old handkerchief is overall good, but not absolutely perfect, with a small area of distress, mainly confined to one general corner area.  View image number fourteen above, (3rd from last)  where several small separations to fabric, (see apx. 11 o’clock & 3 o’clock positions near gray pen tip) as well as a small cluster of holes can be seen near the red pen tip. Thankfully, other than three/four additional smaller, tiny pinholes located slightly above this localized corner area, the entire rest of the handkerchief remains amazingly free of stress, damage, stains, etc.  Also, please look closely at the upper left corner of the first two images, for a view of affected area in relation to the overall handkerchief. Hopefully you can see that while the handkerchief has been affected by age to some degree, the area is relatively small and said issue does not significantly, or substantially, impact the majority of the textile.
Certainly an important textile, from the collection a noted historic figure, that would make a divine addition to even the most discriminating linen, textile or antique clothing collection.

Fine Large Antique 19th Century French Heavily Embroidered Whitework & Needlelace Handkerchief w/ Provenance ~ From Historically Significant Collection of Maurice Brix

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