This is quite a special piece of embroidery, created by someone quite talented with a sharp eye for detail and perfection. Done in muted, rich, neutral colours, it owes its inspiration to a Dutch still life. I have tried to capture as much detail as I am permitted, in this wonderful needlework.
The flowers have been arranged in a basket, which, at the bottom, has been embellished with a line of sequins. The delicate basket is lyrical in its delicacy. The arrangement consists of various types of flowers and leaves, intricately embroidered. And on one of the leaves is a small bee. Tendrils even weave through the basket itself, with the tiny detail of a leaf or two peeking through the bars. And at the top, an exquisite butterfly hovers over the flowers, as if to land on a flower laden with nectar. To add to this delightful composition, the needle worker has created a charming floral garland that encircles the main design.
I would surmise this framed embroidery was made during the early Victorian period, circa 1840’s and that it is French in origin. It is 17 inches high by 15 inches wide. It is in excellent condition, without tears, loose threads or fading.