Mary Card "Duchess Set in LILY Design Chart 84 (1930s)" Single Filet Crochet Lace Doily
Mary Card "Duchess Set in LILY Design Chart 84 (1930s)" Single Filet Crochet Lace Doily

Mary Card "Duchess Set in LILY Design Chart 84 (1930s)" Single Filet Crochet Lace Doily

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Ultra rare lace collectors item. Very few of the original set was made, due to its size (on the large side) and difficulty for the crafters. This is the medium size doily of a set that was designed as a 4 piece set for dressing table (a large runner, a medium rectangular doily and two small square doilies with lily pattern, a complex and elaborate lace background and wavy outlines.

This listing is for one doily only as shown in the photos. In excellent vintage (used) condition for its age. It was obviously treasured ever since it was made. Measuring approximately 40 (W) x 21 (H) cm/16 x 8". Made of very fine ecru (latte) coloured mercerised cotton. Shipping with tracking and insurance.

Mary Card (1861-1940) was an Australian educator and lace designer who took crochet to another level. Starting a new career as an independent middle aged woman during WWI, she shot to stardom status first in Melbourne, then moved to London and later to New York where she worked for women's magazines and continued to publish her own, very successful charts and books.

Her stunning unparalelled patterns were inspired by nature, especially by the unique Australian flora and fauna. Her work has delighted and enriched the lives of women across the world when the craft of lacemaking was very popular and is still highly regarded today with collectors and lovers of antique lace. She was a very prolific designer, so much fun to be had, should you decide to start collecting her work. Mary's designs include numerous small doilies, placemats, clothing accessories, as well as over 40 large items such as tablecloths, chair covers, towel insets and bedspreads.

We do our due diligence when deciding the authenticity of the pieces we list. Some designs commonly believed to be Mary Card's work cannot be authenticated as some magazines did not credit or name their designers. For those who wish to do their own research, we recommend the excellent books of Barbara Ballantyne on the topic.