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A technique in which coloured beads are stitched together on cloth to form a mosaic, used from the late Middle Ages until the 18th century, mainly on costume. It was revived and popularized in the 19th century; large numbers of coloured beads were exported from Germany to other European countries, together with stencilled sheets of canvas. Beadwork was applied to a variety of small objects, including pin cushions, napkin rings, slippers, and table mats.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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