A lovely piece of Georgian embroidery picturing a woman dressed in typical fashion for the 1790 - 1800 period twirling with a long scarf or tippet in a garden. The dress and trees are silk, and the ground below the trees and figure are chenille - cotton or silk, I'm not certain. This is not a small piece.
This embroidery has been repaired by cutting it from its background and re-mounting the pieces to a new silk, likely because the old silk shattered beyond repair. The head and hands which are generally painted on the silk background, were replaced in this restoration with fine modern prints of an appropriate period piece, despite the label on the back dust cover which says they are painted.
The whole makes an attractive presentation, and the repairs were made far enough in the past for the glue to darken in places and add some authentic evidence of age to the newer parts. Framed in an old frame which shows its age particularly on the bottom corners where it has been touched up, perhaps original, I'm not certain. Priced accordingly. Measures 17 1/8" x 13 14/" overall with a sight size inside the oval of 13 3/4" x 11". Weighs 3 lbs. 14.5 oz.
I love that someone cared enough for this beauty to go to such lengths to save it for us to enjoy nearly 250 years later. Perhaps not perfect, but certainly perfectly lovely. Enjoy!
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