Fine & Fashionable: Lace from the Blackborne Collection

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Joanna Hashagen & Santina. M. Levey.

Soft back. 280x225mm. 88 pages. Full colour.

The Bowes Museum 2006

A guide to the riches of the Blackborne collection recently donated to the Museum. Beginning with an introduction to the firm of A. Blackborne & Co, 19th century lace dealers, it covers the outstanding collection from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Many pieces will be displayed in the new permanent Textile & Dress Gallery due to open late 2008.

This is not just a book for the lace enthusiast, but a book which allows the innocent and perhaps rather uneducated eye to be drawn into the luxurious world of lace, to the beauty and skill behind these items of portable property which were at the centre of the world of fashion.

‘I cannot recommend this book highly enough, it is a visual treat’ Robina Melville, Lace Magazine, April 2007.