Point de Venise

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Portrait of a young man of the Chigi family wearing a gros point de Venise collar, 17th century[1]

Point de Venise (also Gros Point de Venise) is a Venetian needle lace from the 17th century characterized by scrolling floral patterns with additional floral motifs worked in relief (in contrast with the geometric designs of the earlier reticella).[2] By the mid-seventeenth century, it had overtaken Flemish lace as the most desirable type of lace in contemporary European fashion.[3]


  1. ^ Montupet and Schoeller, Lace: The Elegant Web, p. 34
  2. ^ Lefébure, Embroidery and Lace, p. 214
  3. ^ St. Clair, Kassia (2018). The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History. London: John Murray. p. 147. ISBN 978-1-4736-5903-2. OCLC 1057250632.


  • Lefébure, Ernest, b. 1835: Embroidery and Lace: Their Manufacture and History from the Remotest Antiquity to the Present Day (London: H. Grevel and Co., 1888), ed. by Alan S. Cole Online Books page
  • Montupet, Janine, and Ghislaine Schoeller: Lace: The Elegant Web, ISBN 0-8109-3553-8