This Victorian woolwork piece is an example of the period’s fondness for depicting animals in their projects. The handsome black pony with a braided mane is rearing up because of the spaniel’s barking. The child is wearing a red beret and has a blue scarf wrapped around him.
The woolwork was done in counted cross stitch, as was popular at the time, in neat rows. The child’s face was worked in pettipoint for finer detail.
A mock border consisting of two rows of dark and light blue stitches was created. There is a hint of a landscape with a small blue loch in the distance and a few shrubs nearby.
It is housed in its original mahogany frame.
One of the most remarkable aspects of this piece is the degree of color retention. The colors are still bright and strong. Even the background color retains much of its original depth.
The woolwork itself is in excellent condition, with no insect or other damage. The frame is in excellent condition as well, with minor wear. The mahogany has attained a warm red-brown rich color and a nice patina.
It measures 15-1/4 inches wide by 13-1/4 inches high, including the frame.