Window Shade

Window shades and curtain papers are one of the lesser known collecting areas of the Wallcoverings Department. This shade depicting a lace panel suspended from a carved wood cornice is a beautiful example of late-19th century window shades. The shade in printed on a heavy paper that has a chalky blue ground color applied to both sides making it very opaque.
Window shade, spring roller, lace, bouquet, tassel, trompe l'oeil

Lace in Fashion: Chantilly

In the mid-nineteenth century, a style of bobbin lace commonly known as Chantilly achieved a great popularity that endured in varying degrees until the end of the century.  The town of Chantilly produced lace for the French court in the eighteenth century, but ceased operations during the French Revolution. In the early nineteenth century, lace making slowly revived, but much of the production was made for export to the Spanish market.
Chantilly, lace, head covering

The Greenleaf Collection: Textile Arts from the 16th to the Early 19th Century

textiles, textile design, lace making, lace, needlework, embroidery, fashion, Richard Cranch Greenleaf

Lace in the Collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum

Publication design: Miriam Haas
lace, lace making, textiles, permanent collection, ch:exhibition=35350419


This exhibition is filled with examples of French and Italian lace spanning more than 500 years—including 16th-century gold ornamental braid and contemporary lightweight, flexible stitching. 
lace, lace making, textiles, permanent collection, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35350419

Donor Spotlight : Richard C. Greenleaf

Richard Cranch Greenleaf (1887–1961) was a prolific collector of lace, costume, and textiles. To a large extent, the strength of Cooper-Hewitt’s collection in these areas can be attributed to his generosity.
Richard Cranch Greenleaf, donor, collector, lace, costume, textiles, collection