This exquisite embroidered romantic piece of silkwork aptly shows off the skill of its creator. It was worked in silk floss in numerous, complicated stitches.
The young lady is seated, holding a small spray of flowers. She seems to be creating the spray, as there are several flowers, including a rose, casually strewn on her beautiful costume. The costume was worked entirely in long and short stitches with numerous folds of the cloth to show off its billowing nature. She lady has a pretty little hat placed over her curly locks done by overlaying a winding stitch on top of short satin stitches.
Lying by her side is a sheep worked in both overlay stitches and French knots, creating a wonderful third dimensional effect for the fur. The trees are worked in satin stitch with shading to show the roundness of the trunks. The leaves were done in one of the forms of needlework that can sometimes be found on much earlier needleworks; this stitch is often called stump work, but in reality it is a difficult, complicated type of stitchery that requires the utmost patience to achieve the desired effect. The stitcher is able to create a third-dimensional effect by taking her needle and going over straight stitches several times until there is a raised appearance to the stitches.
The background silk was painted in a pretty robin’s egg blue for the sky and some tinges of pink for the sunset. The girl’s face and arms were also painted by a talented artist, as the features are very well defined.
There originally was an old oval carved mat, but as it had some staining, I replaced it with a gilded mat of similar color. The black turned and ebonized frame with its gilded slip is 19th century, but not as early as the silkwork itself. I felt that this ebonized frame suited the tone and style of the wonderful piece of Regency embroidery.
The color retention is remarkable considering its age of some 200 years. The condition of the silk itself is excellent, showing no staining or splitting. The frame has some occasional lacquer losses, including at several corners; however, considering its age and type it is still in very good condition and adds considerable character to this fabulous silkwork.
It measures 17 inches wide by 19-1/4 inches high, including the frame. The silkwork measures 6-1/2 inches wide by 8-1/4 inches high.
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