This charming early 19th century embroidery features a young boy interacting with a small yellow bird that is perched on one hand. He is seated on a rock and holding some leaves in another hand. He is dressed in a wonderful period costume, complete with buttons and a ruffled collar, as well as a cute chapeau. As was the style of the time, his face, hair and hands were all painted in watercolor.
Most of the work was done in long and short stitches, although the shrubbery behind the figure and near the house was done in raised work.
The bronze, gold, green and gray-blue silk floss harmonize exceptionally well with each other. The tree was elegantly shaded in rust, bronze and gray silk thread. There is even a cute gate at the edge of the yard that helps define the foreground from the background.
The whole oval embroidery is housed in its original wood and gesso frame. There is a thin, narrow oval wooden painted mat that keeps the glass from pressing against the silkwork. It also serves as a nice border to separate the embroidery from the frame.
The silkwork itself is in excellent condition. There are a few very faint age spots on the plain silk in the background, which is often typical of early pieces. As it is housed in its original early 19th century frame, there is some old though minor areas of limited restoration on the frame. There are some age cracks and crazing as well; however, these minor issues tend to add much of the antique character to the frame. Much of the frame shows off its original gold leaf, which has turned a pleasant yellow color.
This delightful piece is one of a pair, the other listed as: PJR-917.
It measures 10-1/8 inches wide by 8 inches high, including the frame.
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