We have been fortunate enough to be trading in antiques for many years and had our shop on the wonderful Ruby Lane selling platform since 2011. As with any shop owner one naturally nurtures a penchant for a particular antique period or genre; ours is textiles, costume and fine art from the Georgian period.
The Georgian period began in 1714 when George 1 came to the throne in Great Britain. George came from German (Hanoverian) descent and his descendants continued to rule Great Britain until the death of his Great grandson George IV in 1830.
It is the needleworks that were produced during this one hundred and sixteen year period that have enchanted us here at Trinity Antiques. Today we wanted to share with you a little background information concerning those needleworks that were produced on a silk ground, and how they are still just as fashionable and relevant in 2015. We always try to have some silkwork examples available for purchase, please use link below to view a delightful pair of miniature silkworks currently in our shop.
Such needleworks wrought on a silk background with facial features painted by hand were called silkworks and their popularity began in the 1770’s and continued until the end of the Georgian period in 1830. Popular in Europe and North America their subjects reflected the fashions and tastes of each decade. The subjects for these silkworks were copied from the popular paintings and engravings that were in vogue. We see theatrical and literary scenes, scenes from Shakespeare, from Homer, Walter Scott’s novels, poems, memorial pieces and of course Biblical subjects. In fact, this is the appeal of Georgian period silkworks – there are so many subjects to appeal to the collector, there is something for everyone. Please use the link below to view this little silk that we adore inspired by the Adam Buck 1807 painting ‘The Father’s Darling.’
It was our shared love of the skill and dedication incorporated in these Georgian silkworks that introduced us to one of our most loyal customers Mrs Woody. Mrs Woody lives in the historic Wyatt Hall in Tennessee. Wishing to decorate and furnish her historical home to reflect the fashions and tastes of the period in which her property was built ( 1805), she happened upon our Ruby Lane shop. This was now many years ago and she has since purchased some wonderful silkwork examples from us. Mrs Woody has one of the finest collections of Georgian period silkworks outside of a museum.
Although over two centuries have passed since these silkworks were produced, their aesthetic appeal has remained constant. Home owners today wish to furnish their interiors with these exceptional examples of taste and elegance just the same as back in the late 1700’s. We all love pretty, decorative items on our walls that are a conversation piece too.
Mrs Woody’s home has just been used as a backdrop for a music video produced by Dave Stewart (record producer of the 1980’s pop group The Eurythmics). His newest musical venture is the American folk pop band called SHEL from Colorado. SHEL’s latest release is called ‘You could be my baby’ and the band travelled to Tennessee back in May this year to film their video at Mrs Woody’s beautiful home. Please enjoy the photos taken during the day’s filming when you can see many of Mrs Woody’s Georgian silkworks in the background. The band is debuting this newest single in London in July 2015 and so watch this space because their song and video are brilliant.
I hope that we have whetted your appetite for Georgian needleworks. As ever, condition is paramount and you will find some subjects more common than others. They are works of art and a testament to their makers’ diligence with the needle. When we study our silkworks we always wonder who the original maker was and what their lives were like? This is why we love antiques – the instant connection to the past.
We look forward to the pleasure of your company on Ruby Lane; our door is always open.
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