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Towel End with Bobbin Lace (Russian)

Towel end from Russia, with bobbin lace decoration, 19th or early 20th century. Towel end from Russia, with bobbin lace decoration, 19th or early 20th century. Copyright Victoria and Albert Museum, London, acc. no. 497-1907.

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London houses a towel end that originates from Russia and dates to the nineteenth or early twentieth century. It measures 33 x 40 cm and is made of linen with bobbin lace in linen, silk and metal thread.

This piece was bought for the V&A in 1907 from a Russian dealer, Michel de Bernoff. It may have been a 'modern' imitation of traditional folk needlework, perhaps from Tver province, as indicated in the V&A catalogue, and sold via one of the kustar ('small crafts') depots operating at the time in London.

V&A online catalogue (retrieved 22 October 2016).

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