ANNE WANNER'S Textiles in History / symposiums


International Symposium "Venetian Gros Point"
Retournac, France
June 2009

Call for participation



  The aim of this meeting is to take stock of what is known about the most important kind of lace of th 17th century, which is commonly called Venetian "Gros Point" and is not as well known as it is supposed. The subject may seem limited, yet the number of questions is great and need to be researched in depth.

We ask the whole of the institutions, researchers, collectors to participate to this colloquium.

One can take part in several way:
- Show one or several items of lace with a descriptive approach with more or less depth.
- Make a study of one or more of the questions.
- Is it possible to establish the successive stages leading from a floral needle lace, circa 1630-40 to the "Gros point", circa 1650-60?
- Which elements are already in place: decorative stitches, ornate loops, picots?
- Which elements, such as the brodes (raised stitches) will appear? What will be their evolution?
- What thread was used?
- Where does the decorative and stylistic origins of the Venetian "Gros Point" stem from?
- Which were the main production centres?
- Who traded and for whom?
- What was lace used for?
- What was its evolution? Why?
- When did it come back into fashion and was copied?
- Which ones were mainly copied and by whom

  The theme of the symposium aiming to take stock of what is known on the Venetian Gros Point", it seems important to make an inventory of as many items as possible.

Thank you in advance for helping us create a corpus by answering this questionnaire, if possible before June 30th, 2008.

For the symposium in June 2009, you can prepare a poster (A0 format; 84 x 120cm), with illustrations and texts.
  1st - Do you have any needle-lace pieces worked in Venetian "Gros Point)
2nd - Among these items in "Gros Point", are there any which could be documented: origin of the order, identity of an important client, known origin of the item, etc ..?
3rd - Do you own pieces of lace with a precise date of execution, either through documents or maybe a date worked into the lace?
4th - Do you own any item of unfinished lace or still on their original support?
5th - Do your "Gros Point" pieces have very different styles?
6th - Are your items re-assembled (that is originating from separated pieces) or on the contrary of an even workmanship?
7th - Have any of your pieces of lace benefited from a study?
8th - Do you have anybody, a member of your team, an associate or benevolent researcher, who could study pieces of your collection?
9th - Do you have anybody, a member of your team, an associate or benevolent researcher, who could answer precise questions about the analysis of your pieces of lace?


Simultaneous translation in French/English.
There will be enough time between each subject to allow for dialogue and exchanges.
Expenses will be paid for each participants.
All of the necessary multimedia material will be at the disposition of who might need it (computer, video-projector, stereoscope with projections, interactive whiteboard, slide projector, etc ..)
  Participations should be sent by e-mail or by post to the following addresses:

- Musée des manufactures de dentelles,
14, avenue de la gare, F-43130 Retournac

Participations must be sent at the latest on September 30th 2008, so that the organizing team can sort them out and establish a program.
  Symposium organized by:
- Saint Gallen Textil Museum, Switzerland
- Hellenic Foundation for antique Fabrics (ARTEX), Athens, Greece
- Musée des Manufactures de Dentelles, Retournac, France
  For all inquiries:
- Ursula Karbacher, Textilmuseum, Vadianstr. 2
CH - 9000 St.Gallen,

- Youlie Spantidaki, Koumanoudi 26,
HE-11 474 Athens,

- Bruno Ythier, Musée Manufactures Dentelles,
14 Avenue de la gare, F-43130 Retournac, France

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