This is a handsome example of a Victorian pole stand. Happily, the stand and the panel are a match, as this is not always the case. The carving of the rosewood on both the panel and the base was done with an uncommon flair, with the whole topped off with a brass ball. (This decorative accent screws on and off to allow the panel to be placed onto the pole.)
The panel contains a pretty bouquet of flowers embroidered in fine wools to balance the wonderful carving. There are roses and mixed flowers done primarily in creams, golds, reds and blues. And there is an inordinate amount of silk embellishment on this piece to highlight everything from the petals to the leaves and stems. The colors harmonize well with each other and provide a pretty spray to gaze upon. This is an early Victorian piece and, as was the usual style of the time, the stitcher left the background of the fine linen blank so as to emphasize the flowers.
I have had this piece professionally polished so it is in excellent condition. The rosewood has acquired a rich, dark color and a beautiful, glowing patina. The needlework panel has overall age toning; otherwise it is in excellent condition, with no holes. There is no insect damage or staining in the panel. The colors have faded somewhat, but the silk floss is still luminous. The appearance is characteristic of many antique woolwork embroideries of this period.
The framed needlework measures 15-3/4 inches wide and 17 inches high, including its frame. The stand, with its baluster fluted column and circular base terminating in three carved feet, is 62 inches in height.
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