Victorian woolworks of everyday village life often found their way into ladies’ embroidery. This piece idealizes the task of carrying fruit from the orchards to home.
As it was worked on a fine piece of linen ground in counted cross stitch and pettipoint, it is typical of the earlier Victorian works of around 1840-1850. The linen background was left blank, as was the style of the period.
The work is very even and well done, with good attention to detail. The face, arms and stockings with long pettipants are all worked in pettipoint. The girl is in a red bodice with a blue skirt and a white apron with multiple rows of colored fabric inserts. Her cottage is shown in the background, with trees and shrubs behind her.
The woolwork is housed in its original early Victorian rosewood frame. The frame has a wonderful deep color and soft patina that is only achieved with a nearly 200 year age.
This piece is in excellent condition, with exceptional color retention for its age. The blues, reds and pinks are still vibrant, while the other colors of olive green, brown and rust show little fading. The linen background is slightly age toned, which helps add to its antique character. The frame shows no losses and only minor scuffing and surface scratches, as could be expected with a piece of this age.
It measures 14-1/8 inches wide by 14-1/2 inches high, including the frame.
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