Point Colbert

Example of Point Colbert lace. Example of Point Colbert lace.

Point Colbert is a form of needlepoint lace, with a raised design ('gros'), made in Bayeux, France, in the mid-nineteenth century. It is said to have been inspired by seventeenth century Alençon lace. Point Colbert is named after Louis XIV’s (1638-1715) finance minister, Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619-1683). Point Colbert is characterised by its use of stylised flowers, seams and so forth, on a background of bars (‘brides’).

See also the TRC Needles entries on Point de neige and Point de Sedan.


  • EARNSHAW, Pat (1984). A Dictionary of Lace, Aylesbury: Shire Publications Ltd., 127.
  • WARDLE, Patricia (1968). Victorian Lace, London: Barrie and Jenkins, p. 63.

Digital source  (retrieved 14th July 2015).

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 6 July 2016).


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