World's Columbian Exposition, 1893, Elaborate Lace Tablecloth
Ivory lace banquet tablecloth, 113 x 65 in. Tagged Made in France, ca 1893.
Designs in the lace are consistent with the industrial focus of the World's Columbian Exposition. Medallions in the center block show locomotives, side-wheel steamships, and at the ends are sailing vessels, probably representative of Columbus' ships (for the Columbian Expo) with H.F. (maker?) in the central sail. The border is a pine forest with Indians lurking throughout and log cabins in each corner. Flowers and acanthus leaf scrolls fill all space not used for these symbols of history and progress.
Another example of this cloth is illustrated and described in American Decorative Arts, 360 Years of Creative Design, by Robert Bishop and Patricia Coblentz, published by Harry Abrams, 1982, pp. 285 & 288.
Few light stains.