Antique French Cornely lace applique, unfinished muslin incrustation collection costume design, vintage wedding embellishment

Antique French Cornely lace applique, unfinished muslin incrustation collection costume design, vintage wedding embellishment

27.00

Breathtaking 1800s unfinished Cornely tambour lace incrustation, hand stitched still to its original muslim batiste backing.

I have a set of three of these beautiful Cornely lace incrustations in different states of completion. They would look really incredible framed as a set.

This incrustation measures 22cm at widest point and 33cm in length.

The muslin is exceptionally fine and gossamer sheer, like tissue gauze. This high quality fabric, referred to by the French as Mousseline des Indes and described as ���a cotton textile so fine as to be almost invisible�۝, was very popular with the affluent and elite society of the decadent Belle Epoque era, for both clothing and soft furnishings.

The embroidered method used to embellish this fine muslin textile was invented by a French engineer named Bonnas, in Paris, in the mid 1860s. The Cornely ( Cornelly ) embroidery machine, similar in size to a period sewing machine, created a type of chain stitch similar to hand tambour needle work, or crewel and utilized skilled operators, using a hand guided technique, to embroider intricate designs on fine textiles and fabrics.

Please contact me if you wish to purchase the full set as I can set up a special listing.

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