True, Dresden Work & Whitework Antique Georgian 18th Century Apron Panel C1790's
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True, Dresden Work & Whitework Antique Georgian 18th Century Apron Panel C1790's:
True, Dresden work & whitework antique Georgian 18th Century apron panel c1790's
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For dressmakers, renovaters, collectors and those with a creative heart!
Many people think that Dresden work and whitework are the same. They are not.
Dresden work was introduced in the 18th Century when the price of lace was even too high for the rich. It 'mimics' lace through pulled threadwork of the most minute kind.
So Dresden work is pulled thread work. It became so prized, that it took on a whole new high value in the 18th century and the patterns became more and more complex. Defeating the purpose of being less expensive than lace!
By the end of the 18th Century, Dresden work had all but died out as it was too time consuming and machine nets were becoming available in the early 19th Century, so lace could be produced more economically.
This apron panel was a mystery when I got it. Clearly not original in style, it had a pocket to the front [no pockets were attached to garments at that time.]
But it was clearly Dresden work, quite a simple design, and the whitework embroidered flowers were also late 18th Century, c1780-90's.
It was curved in shape and had a waistband that was obviously later.
Eventually, I just had to deconstruct it! I removed the waistband which was all wrong, and the pocket, which will be sold seperately as it is a lovely heart shape!
So now we have the apron panel, and I think I can see what was done, probably in the early to mid 19th Century. The original rectangular shape of the apron was curved to the lower edge. then the original Dresden trim seems to have been curved to follow the shaped curve. If you study the photo's you will see that this trim seam join tapers off to one side. Very nicely done, but not 18th Century.
Other than that, the panel is in fine cotton lawn, beautifully clean, with a tiny hole or two, to be expected for an 18th century item, and an excellent example of simple Dresden work. There is a lovely antique darn just where the pocket was placed, maybe to cover it?
The floral whitework embroidery is delightful, and some of the flowers are filled with Dresden work as well!
If you are learning about 18th Century embroidery and lace, this is a beautiful piece.
Or for the specialist Dresden collector.
Please do take a look in my shop if you have the time!
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