A wonderfully intricate silk on silk needlework by Elizabeth Lacey. There are no dates or places on the piece, but it appears, to my eye, to be from Pennsylvania, dating c. 1820. The piece includes Elizabeth's name (note the "z" is stitched backward and she ran out of room for the "h" and had to place it above the "t", a flowering tree and below it, a second tree with what appears to be 2 birds at the top. There is a precisely stitched strawberry border. The needlework measures 7 ½" x 9 ½" and is housed in a wood frame with block corners.
The needlework is in excellent condition: the colors are mellow and if there is fading, it is uniform. The stitch-work is extremely uniform and there are no rips, tears or hole, nor any stitch loss, etc. There were too many Elizabeth Lacey's in Pennsylvania (not to mention elsewhere) in the period to even come close to identifying the maker. But it is a charming and visually stunning piece.
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