In beautiful condition, but slightly faded, this Regency (circa 1810) framed silk embroidery is delightful. It is, I believe, illustrating the ancient patriarch Moses, sitting on dry land receiving manna from two birds when he was starving. This could also be Moses receiving the Law of God from Sinai and committing it to Joshua and to the birds in the air. But I could be completely wrong. In any case, it is full of wonderful details. The patriarch sits in his silk robes with a book left open on his lap, with his hands stretched out open to receive the birds flying in. His sensitive face and curly beard and hair has been drawn in, which is a method commonly used for embroidery of this period.¬ He appears to be sitting on a wall by a small waterfall, surrounded by trees in the distant background. And just behind him is a tree of Lebanon and a weeping willow.
The silks are in good, firm condition. It is set in the traditional Regency black glass mount encircled in gold, with four swirls of gold in each corner. This, too is in perfect, unbroken condition. It is in a gilt frame, which in itself needs a bit of re-gilding.
The picture with the frame measures 19 inches by 16 ½ inches.
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