A needlework, dated 1744, of the 10 Commandments being held by Moses (on the left), accompanied by a priest (on the right; perhaps it is Aaron). The Commandments are stitched, in English, on 2 tablet-shaped areas in the center, and there are Angels (Gabriel?) in the upper corners. There is a signature block in the rectangle under the tablets; the date, 1744 is readable, but the stitcher’s name (a young girl) is not (The text in the rectangle: “?? ?? Her work Aged 10 years 1744”). The piece measures approximately 15 ½” x 12 ½” and is floated on a linen mat and framed in a contemporary gold frame, 22 ¾” x 19 ½”. Probably English in origin.
The needlework is in fine condition, especially for its age. There are no rips, tears or holes and the stitch-work is complete (except for the maker’s name—naturally!). Fraying around the edges (what you see may have been cut-down from a larger piece of foundation) and some slight fading of some of the letters/words in the text of the Commandments. Colors remain strong, for the most part, and the bluish sky above the angels is a nice design touch. Stitching the full Commandments was popular in the middle of the 18th century and this is about as elaborate an example as I have seen.