Rare Museum Quality Antique Country House Pillow
A selection of English Jacobean Embroidered Slips
Depicting Elizabethan Flowers, Pomegranates, Lion , Bugs . Dating from early 17th Century Beautifully hand embroidered using coloured wool and silk in raised, padded / three dimensional stumpwork
Worked on a linen foundation and then appliqued onto dark Royal Blue felted wool ground
Finished with antique gold metallic tassel trim Backed with antique Olive Green silk damask
From an English Country Estate and has been part of the interior decoration for many years
The felted wool with appliqued slips where salvaged from a Jacobean Bed Hanging circa 1610 and re worked into the most amazing pillows
The slips are well preserved and are in very good antique condition considering they are approx Four Hundred years old. Un faded and in my opinion the most sought after colour pallet, as seen on many magnificent Elizabethan needlework boxes, pillows and framed pictures. The fine quality felted wool ground is in good condition still strong and stable
SIZE 15 inches x 10.5 inches
A 'slip' is an embroidered motif, usually a plant or flower with the heel or base showing, but insects and animals were also popular motifs. Embroidered 'slips' acquired their name from gardeners' slips or cuttings, used to propagate plants. This embroidery was popular from the mid-16th century to the mid-17th century.
Worked in wool and silk on linen canvas in tent or cross stitch, slips were cut out and applied to a wool or velvet background for use as bed curtains, hangings, cushions etc. Sometimes many hundreds of small pieces were applied to one hanging. Often they were naive in design and out of scale, but nonetheless identifiable and accurate in their rendering.
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