This one is my favorite, I think - well, next to one with a child and pony with which I have not yet decided I can part. The very very fine single stitches in this tapestry are closer to petitpoint than to grospoint needlepoint and must have taken years to complete. The needlepoint panel is 21" x 17.5" and in frame, ready to hang it is 28" x 24" with a 2" depth. I'd suggest you put a paper backing on but we wanted to have it open for our photos. We can put a protective paper dust backing for our buyer if you simply ask. Just look at how fine this one is. Much more difficult than to have just done a painting, this is entirely in silk and wool yarns, a single tiny stitch at a time, stunning in beauty and a masterpiece of need arts. Remember women were discouraged from schooling even into the Victorian era and so these "women's art" pieces stand for the learning and training a gentile young lady would have been afforded, and are therefore all the more precious. I love the playful cat in this one, and the yarn spinner's tease with her tassel she's making. I believe this one is English in origin, but it could be any number of countries in Europe, early to mid-1800s, all of whom practiced such needle arts. The frame is in nice condition and houses this old treasure well. We'll leave the cover glass off for safe shipment, but you might want to put one in to continue to protect this lovely work. Leaving that up to our buyer.
Very good to excellent throughout, for age and type. The needlework is superbly crafted, and is without holes or losses to moths except perhaps in a tiny stitch I have not seen. Look it over well. It is so elaborate and large and precious, isn't it. The cat is so realistic, one half expects that tail to wag. Frame is wood with plaster applique, gilded. The old plaster applique frames are fragile so finding this one with so little damage is rather amazing. Know that we will pack with greatest care in order to make sure it arrives just the same. Every home should have a fine piece of women's art such as this, don't you agree? Or a wall full of them, even better!
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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