This cravat end of Brussels bobbin lace, one of the finest examples in the Museum's extensive collection of lace, contains many allusions to Louis XIV and his military victories. In the center, the cock of France perches atop trophies of war flanked by figures of Mars and Minerva; and emblems of the king--the Order of the Holy Ghost (left) and the sun (right)--fill the upper corners. Louis XIV's monogram, a double L, appears in the swag at the bottom center.
Artist/maker unknown, Belgian
An incredibly expensive status symbol for elite men and women throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, lace was worn where it showed to best advantage, such as at the ends of the cravat a man tied around his neck. This fine example contains many allusions to Louis XIV and his military victories. In the center, the cock of France perches on trophies of war above a double L, the king's monogram. Flanking this, angels blow trumpets of fame above the flag-wielding figures of Mars and Minerva.