Saturday 8 March 2014

Help Find The Vanderbilt's Missing Peacock's Parade Aemilia Ars Tablecloth * Aemilia Ars Exhibition * Musei San Domenico, Forlì, Italy * Until 2 June 2014

Just before 1906 William and Virginia Vanderbilt, while on a trip to Italy, commissioned what was probably one of the most fabulous pieces of lace-work ever produced by Aemilia Ars in Bologna, Italy. It was a cloth for a table that would seat 18 people. The lace-inset is a motif designed by Alfonso Rubbiani known as La Passeggiata dei Pavone - Peacock's Parade.
We can only hope that it wasn't on the Titanic, that it reached the USA and was put to ceremonial use in the Vanderbilt Household. Do you know where it might be? Have you seen anything like this in a museum in your town? Aemilia Ars would love to find this piece again.
This wonderful new piece of needle-lace measuring 36" x 8" (89cm x 21cm) a copy of a section of the Peacock's Parade design was completed by Francesca Bencivenni this year for the Exhibition : Liberty uno stile per l’ Italia moderna which is currently in the Musei San Domenica. And you can have the very special experience of joining a workshop with Francesca every Saturday until 24 May 2014 (except 19 and 26 April and 3 May), to create an Aemilia Ars lace earring. The cost of workshop and exhibition entry is €30 which includes a pair of gold frame earrings. Each workshop has a maximum of 25 participants - no experience is required. But booking is essential. To book click the email address you find at the bottom of the web page you find by clicking here. Special workshops can be arranged for groups. It sounds a wonderful event!

Needleprint 10th Anniversary - Save $95.

To share our 10th anniversary celebrations with you, we are offering throughout the month of March 2014 a Free Goodhart Samplers Book or a Free Feller Needlework Collection Volume 1 with every copy of The Feller Needlework Collection Volume 2. You can take advantage of this special offer today. It comes with all our kindest wishes in this our last year before retirement.

1 comment:

  1. This tablecloth was produced a second time for "Mr. Bache of New York". I haven't been able to locate this second one either but I had a lead that a Mr. Jules Bache's personal effects were absorbed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Cooper Hewitt Museum told me that they don't have it but I was unable to get a response from the Met. This information may be useful to some of your readers.