An exquisite needlework table runner from the Victorian Edwardian era. This gorgous linen cloth, embellished with whitework embroidery, needle lace and filet lace vignettes, is a treasure to behold. More than likely, a size for a reflectory or library table but how beautiful as a runner on any table.
Situated at either end of the cloth is a figural vignette of three cherubs worked in needle lace. Flowing lines of scrolls encircle each of these vignettes worked in beautiful embroidery cutwork. Cutwork in a profusion of flowers. Even with a suggestion of flowing from an urn or fountain. The cutwork embroidery is heavily encrusted through out the center part of the linen. Worked near each corner are insets of fine filet hand work. Possibly Buratto. It, too, is a flower design, flowing in a soft curve.
Oh my, there are four more vignettes on either of the long sides. Two of needlelace, a cherub with torch (or perhaps a bouquet) facing a bird with outstretched wings. Again, surrounded with scrolls and flowers. The two vignettes facing the center are worked in filet. I have not determine the exact motif, except to say, possibly another type of flora. The lace edging of the cloth is filet worked in a scallop flower design.
Width of the lace trim is 2-3/4" wide. Overall size of the runner is 35-1/2" wide x 80" long. This breathtaking piece has mix of Art Nouveau and Romanticism style.
Condition: Even though lovely, it is not without its flaws. Please note photos. A small hole in the linen on one side. A break in a thread of one of the filet insets and a pull of thread between the filet and linen cloth. It has not been recently laundered so you will find a some slight oxidation from storage. This would easily launder. Another thing I will say, there are some short thread frays to the scallop edge of the filet lace trim. I think you will be able to see by the photos.