The partial remainder of a framer's card or label on the backing helps us determine this late 1700s to early 1800s silk embroidery is of French origin, though we see similar embroidery from UK and some other European countries, too. Always appealing, they represent the accepted role of creative energy and 'women's art' of the era. Women were, with very small exception, not permitted the higher arts of sculpture or painting, but they were taught from an early age to do needle arts. These silk embroidery pieces are, essentially, the paintings done by women, but in stitches rather than brush strokes. I find them ultra-appealing and a little sad, as well. Often truly magnificent, as is the case with this visitation themed scene, complete with a magnificent angel.
Very good to excellent for age and type. The open silk and watercolor-painted faces, arms, legs, show some silk deterioration which is, unfortunately, typical of these very old works of needle art. You can see this clearly in our images, I believe, but it bears mention. The frame is the old original, I'm quite sure, though it is true that some of these old silkworks would have had a larger frame and a black lacquered glass mat/glazing. The frame shown seems certainly to be as old as the needlework, however, so we'll assume it is the original. The photo of the piece has a bit of glare on the glass so we've also taken photos of it slightly on angle which distorts the true oval a bit but shows the stitchwork more clearly and colors, too. Isn't it just a true treasure! C. 1770-1820.
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