Possibly French Irish Huguenot Lace * Nutall see below is a Huguenot name ???: 19th century Culture: Irish Medium: Cutwork Dimensions: L. 17 1/2 x W. 17 1/2 inches 44.5 x 44.5 cm Classification: Textiles-Laces Credit Line: The Nuttall Collection, Gift of Mrs. Magdalena Nuttall, 1908
the butterfly from France, the butterfly hat, or angel's wing often worn by women in the fishing port of Sables d'Olonne - Vendée - The lace topping references the butterfly's wing pattern. According to Ms. Kilgour, in France and other parts of Europe the butterfly was also associated with the soul and butterfly wings can be seen on angels in medieval paintings.