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Antique Victorian Needlepoint Sampler, Tapestry, A Parrot, c.1872, Signed & in Frame
This beautifully accomplished sampler of a colorful parrot or exotic bird of some breed (I'm no bird expert) in tree, and signed by the (likely) young girl who did the needlepoint, Zipporah Mullett, date: 1872. Framed nicely in a period frame that is likely the old original, and protected under glass, this one is ready to hang and enjoy. You see some lighter shades of the wool yarns used in the background, making the black color look lighter in places (along with a bit of glare on the old glass which we hope you can figure out and look past). That is not fade, it's the use of lighter yarn, which we often see in the needlework samplers of children and young girls just learning the skill. Very likely Miss Mullett was under 12 years old. Charming needlework, likely strong enough to be unframed and used as a pillow top should the next owner choose to do so, but we will leave it in the frame that came all the way from Europe intact.
Very good to excellent for age and type, with some evidence of age showing on frame, frame corners. The frame is a Victorian gilted gesso on wood and those usually have a few nicks and stains, losses. This one actually has very little for the age. I think those corners can be helped along with a touch-up of gold and we can do that if our buyer asks ahead of shipment. The needlework is in fine form, no moth damage nor deterioration that would indicate silk yarns were used, which is another reason I think it is the work of a young girl - silk yarns were more expensive. A lovely wall piece!
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