This really is a stunningly beautiful example of late 18th Century, Georgian (1714-1837), needlework with extra fine hand work and fine detail, showing use of various embroidery stitches.
Worked on fine cream silk in fantastic condition and bright colouring to the embroidery which has no sign of fading, bleaching, stains, foxing or tears - nor does the painted highlights.
It depicts a classical maiden seated beneath a tree within a field, with her pet spaniel tethered to a lead at her side. She sits solemnly with her head resting to one side, nestled within her hand whilst dressed in a flowing robe with dainty rouge coloured slippers matching the sash to her waist.
Her beautiful finely detailed face, flowing hair and hands are gracefully and tastefully painted with fine watercolour detail, as is original to such pieces.
Displayed within the original oval form gilt frame which is in very sturdy condition with some wear and crazing to the finish, (as is to be expected). Bears original “The British Antique Dealers Association” label to the front glass and original hand written provenance in pen and ink to the reverse of the frame with later backing. Original brass mount and hanging ring is attached to the top of the frame (see photos).
Overall a charming and picturesque example, true to the era of which it was made so lovingly.