Georgian silk embroideries as fine as this exceptional piece are becoming increasingly difficult to find, particularly large examples in good condition with their original eglomise mats and period frames like this one. This lovely embroidery illustrates the popular story of Jesus at the well, and shows him talking to a Samaritan woman.
The panel is lavishly embroidered with many different stitches, and the colors show relatively little fading. The design is complex with overlapping layers of grass, foliage, and a town in the background, surrounded by more trees below a silk sky. The figures, with delicately painted silk faces, hands, and feet (!) are placed at the front and slightly to the left which allows your eye to wander through the composition on to the town in the distance, perhaps a reminder that this stop at the well was a respite from his long journey. This is an exceptional piece.
CONDITION is excellent with some minor splits in the silk that you can see between the woman and the town... really hardly noticeable. The eglomise mat has some places where the black paint is crackling with a couple of small losses, again, nothing major or distracting. The frame also shows age appropriate wear with minor losses. Please look at the pictures. Measures 24 1/8" x 20 1/4" overall with a sight size of 20" x 16 1/4". The oval of visible embroidery measures 16" x 13 1/8, and the corner stars are approximately 3 1/4" across. The original frame is 2" thick.
I have another embroidery listed for sale, ( RL-1009 ), which I believe is a companion to this piece, the subject is Moses in the Bulrushes. I acquired the two pieces together and they are framed alike with less than 1/2" difference in overall size. Please take a look, it would be wonderful to hang these two pieces together.
This is a fantastic piece to add to a collection. Antique embroideries of this age that are as fine and well preserved as this don't come around often. Enjoy!