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Object Number 1983.001.2174
Object Name Collar
Date 1700-1799
Description Collar, voile with hand embroidered and drawn work, rolled hem, unfinished ends center back. 12 1/2" x 42" L, V-shaped white collar.
No original catalog card exists.

"Embroidered fichu, German, Saxony, 18th century. Linen, L at CB: 13." Even Flemish dealers purchased whitework imitating Brussels bobbin lace from Dresden merchants, so this example most probably was made in Saxony. The dense pattern utilizes satin stitches that give extra coverage to some sections of the pattern. Under magnification it appears that this piece is entirely pulled fabric work with no threads actually removed." (Lace label copy, 2007)

Fichus were worn to fill in the open neckline of 18th century fashionable dress. In this example, because the embroidery stops abruptly in a straight line rather than diminishing down to decorative points, it is possible to assume that the ends were intended to be tucked into the neckline.

Material Voile
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Lexicon sub-category Clothing -- Accessory
Credit line Silverman/Rodgers Collection
Exhibit History-Exhibit # 43, 58