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Antique c.1821 French Silk Needlework Sampler #1 in Frame, Signed, of St. Benoit Abbe
I've found a grouping of 4 framed silk thread embroidery tapestry or sampler items (in frame) that are all completed by the same young girl, and are dated 1819-1821. I'm offering them one per listing, but you might want to own all 4. They're fabulous! The old gifted wood frames show lots of age, and the silk panels on which the silk stitchery is worked are in very good condition, but some show ripple in the mounting, perhaps a tiny bit of dust up top having entered through the frame. One might want to try to re-frame them to present them better, but all I've done is to clean up the glass surface and that of the frame. I'm betting the girl who worked these was only 8-12 years in age. The hand painted faces, hands are lovely, and the tiny long stitch embroidery stitches are elegant and accomplished, but these type of works are usually the work of a child as she learns needle arts. In her time (dated 1819 and 1821) it was the only art available to young girls, remember, and this panel represents a good part of her entire educational opportunity.
This panel, one of 4 being sold separately, is beautifully accomplished, silk on silk and in fine form for age and type.You see long stitch and chenille stitches in this sampler, all very elegant and showing fine control and skill. The subject is St. Therese de Jesus. Filled with symbolism of this Catholic Saint, the composition is signed below the embroidered title and reads, "Brode parr Elisa Tholon, 1821" (embroidered by Elisa Tholon 1821). The name appears in the full text of "The Life of Napoleon", but we don't know more about any relationships. Will leave the research to our buyer. Frame is 13 5/8" x 13" and 5/8" depth. Needlepoint is 12.5" x 12" showing in aperture.
Very good to excellent for age and type. You see some slight moisture staining rising from bottom of aperture, a little foxing to the silk, but no tears or rips, no serious deteriorated portions. Frame is c.1821 also, shows age and has some evidence of a very old wood worm attack. We cleaned the cover glass but did not open the backing. It might improve somewhat by re-framing (using orig frame) and cleaning inside of the 200 year old cover glass and lightly dusting the silk with a soft sable brush to remove any surface dust. A superb early sampler.
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