Fantastic rare pair of early antique fine silkwork needlework pictures of a young lady and gentleman in stylish 18th century dress in an outdoor setting. They represent an allegory of summer and are portrayed during the wheat harvest. This pair of embroidered pictures comes in matching oval frames with gilt bordered beveled glass, an indication of their fineness. Silkwork embroidered pictures were the culmination of schooling for affluent young ladies c. 1780-1840. The young lady who made this picture was probably around 15 years old and had already surpassed the stage of embroidering alphabets and samplers. Silk embroidered pictures were status symbols at the time. They were often beautifully framed and proudly displayed to show the family's affluence and wherewithal to send their daughters to the best schools. Silk embroidered pictures are considered to be the finest needlework of the time. Frames have remnants of worn-out cloth covering. Underlying wood is Douglas Fir, also known as Oregon Pine, which is a reddish, beautiful veined wood native to western North America. Frames could be easily recovered if desired. Pictures have toning and silk wear, mostly to the background of the young man picture. Un-examined outside of frame. Photographs were taken through glass which explain reflections. Zoom into pictures to examine in detail. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frame: 14" by 12" approximately.
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