In Victorian England, peacocks were regarded above all else as objects of beauty. Many fine country homes kept them as fashionable lawn ornaments, but they were uncommon in London, probably due to their loud vocalizations and the messes they made.
In this picture, the bird is standing upon a stone ledge held up by a baluster. To its right is a group of flowers, some of which are climbing up the wall.
The pettipoint was done in very fine wool yarn in even rows. There is a small amount of silk embellishment, especially surrounding the dark, royal blue areas of the feathers.
The striking composition fills the dark wood stand. As was the custom for many 19th century woolwork embroideries, the background was left plain to allow the wool picture would be more pronounced.
The panel was mounted in a thin, flat oak frame with small legs and feet. The color has become a rich brown and the wood has developed a wonderful, soft patina. There is an original fabric backing to the needlework that has protected the linen and the woolwork from insect or other damage. The finished firescreen could be set directly in front of an open hearth and thus used to hide the unattractiveness of a fireplace when it was not in use. The frame suits the opulence of the wool embroidery quite well. It also provides a means of displaying this charming piece of needlework in more imaginative ways.
The condition of the needlework itself is excellent. There is some overall age toning and some amount of fading, especially in the more pastel colors. The blues, reds, some greens and the pinks seem to have more color retention than the lighter colors. However, both the age toning and the slight degree of fading gives the piece even more antique character. The wood stand is also in excellent condition.
The needlework measures 23-3/4 inches wide by 29-1/2 inches high, including the frame. The firescreen stands a total of 36 inches high.
Victorian 19th Century Pettipoint Woolwork Embroidery of a Peacock and Flowers in a Garden
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