Amazingly, this English 3-piece parlor set retains its original needlepoint and petit point fabric. The set consists of a sofa and 2 armchairs. The sofa measures 57.5” wide, 25” deep and 44” tall. The chairs measure 26” wide, 24” deep and 43” tall. The walnut or hardwood frames are extensively carved. Notice the intricately carved lion heads and acanthus leaves on the arms and the curvaceous stretchers below. All the frames are tight and free of breaks. Their finish is in excellent condition having a rich color and very desirable patina. The fabric on the sofa seat shows an idyllic scene of swans and trees around a pond. The back has an Elizabethan attired man and woman beneath a tree. The woman is holding a long stick with a basket next to her. She appears to be using the stick to shake the branches of the tree to acquire fruits or nuts of some kind. The faces and dress of the figures are finely rendered in petit point. The colors are shades of gold, mustard, rust, green and turquoise. There are 2 very small areas of wool yarn loss, each measuring less than a half inch. The sofa has its wonderful, original fringe as well. The chair seats display a similar pond scene with birds. One chair back has a needle worked figure of a Roman looking soldier with a spear. The other is of a Grecian robed woman leaning against a pedestal. Both are highly detailed using fine petit point stitches. The chair with the soldier has some fringe loss along the front below the seat. If desired, we can arrange for the fringe located below the chair back to be used to restore the missing fringe in front of the seat. A complimentary fringe could be used on the less noticeable chair back. This could also be done to the other armchair to create cohesiveness. There is some loss, roughly an inch, of petit point above the woman’s face and amongst her headband. This is only noticeable upon very close examination. All in all, the original fabric is in excellent condition given its age. The colors have muted with time, but the scenes are still vivid and well executed. Condition: Excellent, Circa:1860's.
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