|ANNE WANNER'S Textiles in History / symposiums|
CATASTROPHES AND SURVIVAL
ROSALIA BONITO FANELLI
(Florence, Italy March 2016)
The Davanzati Palace also known as The Museum of the Florentine Renaissance Home was struck by a disastrous storm in September 2014. The catastrophe destroyed especially the museum area holding the lace and textiles and pertinent paintings.
And now, finally, the rooms have been reopened and the lace and samplers again are on view after attentive cleaning and restoration by Beyer & Perrone da Zara and Tela di Penelope.
The lace display originatedl there in 1981 due to the then-director Maria Fossi Todorow who grew up in the Anglo-american colony of Florence.
Bronson Rucellai was her grandmother who had
collected bits of lace in scrap books. In fact,
many members of the original Needle and Bobbin Club of
New York associated with the Metropolitan Museum were
also part of this world.
|On the Grand tour young ladies came
to Florence to have their embroidered trousseaux made:
personal items such as dozens of monogrammed
handkerchiefs, lacy peignoirs, nightgowns and
underwear. But also tablecloths and napkins, table
runners and curtains; christening robes and caps. These
then were handed down for generations.
fragile gossamer silks and cambric linens became
Now many of these delicate mementos have finished as donations or sales to museum collections. Much of the lace and embroidered linens reached the Davanzati Palace Museum directly from the family owners. These objects have lived. And some even have poignant stories connected to them. The ladies from a Henry James novel or an heirless family committed these precious bits of lace and embroidery to museum care. So thus a private life becomes History. Thats what museums are for.
ps In another short note I shall
discuss the origin of the sampler collection in the
Davanzati Palace Museum
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