You know, accent pillows truly lend a particular elegance to a well-appointed room, and none so much so as the ones made up from ancient fragments of French tapestries like Gobelin, Aubusson, Verdure from the 16th - 19th century, or fine Victorian needlepoints and beadwork panels such as ones I'm listing this week. A bit of handiwork and some lovely silk velvet or silk moire and rich opulent fringes and tassels - easily made up with these types of panels as the focal point of the top. Fill with a down-filled pillow and row them along your sofa, place one in each big overstuffed chair - your friends will think you've hired a world-class decorator. The pillows you see in 'Veranda', 'Southern Accents', 'Architectural Digest' and other home decor magazines all show the kind of luxurious and stunning pillows I'm talking about, but shops sell them for $1500 to $5000 each, so here's your chance to make or 'commission' your own design, you own pillows. Our fragments and beaded panels are each completely cleaned, sanitized and are odor-free for your use. All that's left for you to do is pick your fabric and fringe (the richer, the better result) and do a little sewing (or hire someone who can).
The fabulous Victorian beadwork panel you see offered here is entirely made up of single-stitched colored glass beads; done in the method of needlework called needlepoint, but with beads. Yes, each bead, one stitch at a time. Imagine the work these lovely old panels represent, and the time! This one is a perfect shape to be incorporated into the larger top of an opulent throw pillow. And what a beauty it will be with a halo of luxurious fringe, perhaps tassels. One could use a cream silk, or any accenting color, or get creative with stripes or even a pastel work in plaid as it's background and backing. I just love the beaded ones with this Sevres or celeste blue, don't you? One of these days I'll get motivated (and find time) and make up a whole new room full for my own home; and then Jack will have to add on the room to house them, of course).
Very good to excellent condition, I see no missing beadwork on this one. Great palette of colors to work with. Entirely beadwork, dating 1840-70, Victorian English item.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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