Marie Antoinette Monogram Lace. Pattern for lace or embroidery from a design dating to the 16th Century. Intersecting letters M and A surrounded by laurel and topped by a crown. During the 18th Century, Marie Antoinette would also use an overlapping M and A under a crown in a monogram design very similar to this one. In the background is a pattern with a phoenix motif.
A British reverend’s daughter named Barbara Johnson (1738-1825) kept a meticulous diary of the fabrics she used and details of the garments she made with them. The original diary is now a part of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s collection. It was reproduced in the 1980s and published under the title A Lady of Fashion: Barbara Johnson’s Album of Styles and Fabrics.