Listing some of my larger needlepoint tapestries today, and this one is a favorite. A very early Victorian or perhaps Georgian era needlepoint with hounds and a distant castle, well-framed and impressively large at 29.75" x 25.75", 1" deep as you see it. The subject is fabulous, isn't it. And so rare to find - a magnificent wall hanging for any room, but show it off - it's one you'll never see duplicated. No doubt these 2 hounds were family pets, and the needlework was probably completed by a young teen or preteen. Needlework was women's art back then, a staple of a well-finished young lady's education and took up many hours of a young girl's time. This would have been a work taking many months to perhaps years. The stitches are done one at a time, and are the very old small ones somewhere between grospoint and petitpoint, and do help us date this fine old panel. The frame might be a later addition, but it is also antique. There were 2 spots on the gilded gesso that have had restoration, but it's been well done and the frame shows beautifully now. When we had this one shipped from England, we removed the glass for safe shipment. We'll leave it off and let the new owner decide upon glass or no glass. The glass has protected this panel perfectly, and we suggest it be replaced once it arrives.
Very good to excellent condition for age, dates c.1830-40, perhaps even earlier. Frame is slightly newer, perhaps as late as 1880s, and it has 2 spots where some professional restoration was done to replace lost molded gesso appliqué and keep it looking lovely. The stitched large canvas is magnificent! There are no holes, tears, no flaws to note in the needlework panel. No deterioration of yarn stitches, even. A fabulous subject, fabulous panel - ready to hang.
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