A Fine Thread

Oil on linen



The Four Ages of Woman

This is a series of 4 paintings in which modern 21st century women at various stages of their lives are portrayed wearing an authentic piece of early 17th century lace, as often seen in 17th century portraits.

The lace in this piece is an authentic piece of Flemish straight bobbin lace from around 1640. It has flowers and scrolling patterns that was very popular in The Netherlands in the 17th century. Because of its popularity it is often called Dutch lace. The lace shows the use of an early mesh, which would later in the century develop further when more open designs became popular.

This painting is part of the BP Travel Award series. For more information about this, please see here.


This painting is framed in a hand finished black moulded frame, with a thin antiqued silver edge. The frame is included in the price. No frame or a different frame is optional.


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