1600s Fine Needlepoint Tapestry Sampler, Frame or Make Throw Pillow. All items and photos are the express property of Antiques & Uncommon Treasure. No reproduction without prior written consent. We'll be sending out sale notices and special deals to our'Favorites' customers.
This is from my private stash. YOU get to do it, instead. This large oval panel would have been in a frame. It also would have been needlework possibly created by a fairly young girl.
The needle arts were one of the few skills an aristocracy-born girl was taught in the era. Manners, music, reading (perhaps) and skills that would enable her to marry well and manage a house as wife to someone titled.
One tiny stitch at a time, much of her idle time would be spent creating things that would elevate her home. The panel is large at 18.5" tall and 14" wide, and as you see it, there is a cording sewn around the edge folded back in backside, plenty to stitch to a lush velvet or silk panel and then work up as front to a lavishly fringed pillow. I have made up 2 from this era, quite similar to this one and have shown them in that final group image so you can see how mine turned out. I've loved them for decades. Meant to add this one to the group but here it remains for you to do it or have it done.
I've placed a ruler that registers both inches and millimeters so you can see how incredibly tiny these stitches are. And I've only used needlepoint in title because it is basically that type of embroidery stitch, needlework. Very good to excellent for age and type. The linen canvas is strong. There are really very few flaws, quite remarkable considering the age.There is an area of slight darkening that spans top of face of the seated woman and also to the face of the other one. It shows far more in the photos than it does in person. The bottom of the oval is a separately worked piece, added by stitching 2 separate canvas together as you can see from the back. And on that section is an angel. The yarns used are all fine, hand dyed, palette range is fabulous and still vibrant. I have shown the backside so you can see the work, original unfaded colors, not so much different than the front side. If there are stitches missing, I have been bedazzled enough not to notice. You please look closely at the photos just in case. It has no visible moth or insect damage or loss. Measurements also appear on the photos.
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1600s Fine Needlepoint Tapestry Sampler, Frame or Throw Pillow" is in sale since Monday, March 4, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Linens & Textiles (Pre-1930)\Tapestries".
The seller is "antiquesuncommontreasure" and is located in San Marcos, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.