This charming Victorian Berlin Wool Work embroidery of a girl feeding chickens by a stream displays the popular 19th C theme of the innocent in harmony with nature. The girl is gentle and true of heart, so much so, that a dove has landed on her arm to join the party of hens, chicks, and cocks at the feet.
The stitching is done is many colors of wool which adds to the depth and dimension of the scene. The finer details of the girl's face are worked in a thinner wool which further adds to the realism. The sky and the water at the bottom of the scene are silver glass beads which add a lively sparkle to this lovely piece. Mounted in a beautiful old frame.
CONDITION is wonderful, the colors are still bright and I see no significant losses. Please look at the photographs. I believe this is the original frame which shows age appropriate wear, but the piece has likely been re-mounted at a gallery in New Jersey which put their label on the new paper dust cover on the back of the old frame. Measures 19" x 20 1/2" overall, with a sight size of 12 3/4" x 14 1/4".
It is uncommon to find such a large old piece of beaded embroidery in such good condition, and doubly delightful that its subject is such a charming scene of rural life rather than a heavy historical or biblical theme. Enjoy!