Ten Natural Linen Tea Napkins
late 19th century
A set of ten tea napkins (American, late 19th century) composed of natural and white linen damask woven with festoons of lace, flowers, wheat, and foliage. In the corner of the center fold the napkins are embroidered in red cotton with the superimposed monogram “ACV” for Alice Claypoole Vanderbilt (1845-1934). The edges of the napkins have a fringe trim, one half of which is white and the other beige. These napkins would have been made for use at either The Breakers or the Vanderbilt’s New York City address at 1 West 57th Street.
17" x 17"
Gift of Mr. Eugene B. Roberts, Mrs. Lynn S. Roberts, and Miss Anne C.B. Roberts, 2005.
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