Fillagree baskets

In chapter 23, Lucy and Elinor work on a “fillagree basket” for little Annamaria.

Fillagree is a rolled paper design, very time consuming to produce, fragile and thus, extravagant for a 3-year old who would likely ruin them in very little time. It’s another folly of Lady Middleton’s indulgence of her children. Below are¬†two patterns for fillagree work as published in The New Ladies Magazine in 1786.

For some examples, I found these illustrations of 18th century paper fillagree work at Google images, linked here.

Note that JA spells it as “fillagree” and I can find this spelling in my go-to reference, dictionary.com. Google and Wikipedia want to correct the spelling though, and refer to it as filigree.

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