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Antique Victorian Needlepoint, Needlework Tapestry on Hanging Rod, Fruits of the Hunt
What a fabulous tapestry this one is! And not only is the subject uniquely spectacular, but it's also in such fine condition and comes already mounted on its own antique tapestry hanging apparatus, rod. No need to frame it. But on the other hand, I think this one is supple and strong enough to make over into a big beautiful down-filled sofa or bed pillow. If you love Hunting themes, and wonderful old Black Forest carvings, this is a perfect companion to those. It's actually a scene of tithing, I think. I'm interpreting it as such because of the old man keeping notes there in back of the cardinal. All those people bringing in game and produce as their tithing offering to the Church. A scene that must have been quite normal in Medeival to Renaissance times, really. And this has a feel of that. The Gothic interior and distant view of Medeival turrets on a faraway building, and the style of clothing also make me think 1400s to 1600s. There is a disgruntled look on the man with a crane strapped to his back, and a questioning look on the hunter who presents his stag. All this at the whim of the Cardinal. A young woman with a big platter of fresh fish - surely a feast in the waiting, and for the fattened priests. A really intricate scene that is as pleasing as a Northern European Fruits of the Hunt painting. Needle arts were the arts open to women in the era this was done. Most women were not yet even taught to read and write. Early Victorian era or before, it would have taken up a great deal of time, one tiny stitch at a time. Wonderful palette of colors! Lined as you see it.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, I see no holes nor tears, no rips nor deteriorated or moth damaged spots, though perhaps a tiny stitch or two has slipped by me so look it over well in our images. Nicely lined and mounted on a brass hanging hardware rod of its period, too. The panel as you see it measures 22" x 18.5" and the rod is 24" long. This is a Victorian mount, no later than 1850. Will roll for ease in shipment (panel).
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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