There are several pieces of finely detailed needlepoint lace in the textile collection at Chatsworth. The needlepoint technique used on this panel is known as Point de Neige, so called because of the delicate design's resemblance to snowflake crystals. This type of lace was made from the 1650s to 1710 as lappets and other costume trimmings, worn by both men and women as a mark of wealth and status.
Point de Neige needlepoint lace
Venetian, circa 1650