1744 Needlework of the 10 Commandments1744 Needlework of the 10 Commandments1744 Needlework of the 10 Commandments1744 Needlework of the 10 Commandments1744 Needlework of the 10 Commandments1744 Needlework of the 10 Commandments1744 Needlework of the 10 Commandments

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.

ITEM ID
WPA1054
ITEM TYPE
Antique

1744 Needlework of the 10 Commandments

$1,750



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