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Lace & Costumes

The collection Lace & Costumes is currently not on display. 
The costume collection of our museum contains over 3000 pieces. The collection Lace about 8000.

Bedspread depicting Archduke Albert and Isabella

This bobbin-lace bedspread was given to Archduke Albert and Isabella who governed our regions from 1598 to 1633. Some of the 120 squares portray the couple and the ruling families related to them. Others depict subjects drawn from the Ommegang, a sacred and profane pageant whose floats represented a summary of popular life in the Duchy of Brabant. At that time, the lace industry, still in its infancy, was limited to braided geometric patterns. The variety of themes represented here - and the technical innovations that consequently had to be implemented - make this bedspread an exceptional...

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Bedspread depicting Archduke Albert and Isabella (detail)
Bedspread depicting Archduke Albert and Isabella (detail), 17th cent., Brussels, linen

The train of Queen Marie Henriette

Several days of festivities were held in Brussels to mark the silver wedding anniversary (25 years of marriage) of Léopold II and Marie Henriette. One of the highlights of the celebrations took place at the Royal Palace in Brussels on the evening of 23 August 1878, when the Queen was presented with a tiara adorned with precious stones, and a lace train. This magnificent train was financed by a national subscription among Belgian women. It was presented to the Queen by female delegates from the nine Belgian provinces, in the presence of 2,300 female representatives of the country’s...

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The train of Queen Marie Henriette, Brussels lace
The train of Queen Marie Henriette, 1878, Brussels, lace

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