Antique English Jacobean Crewel Embroidered Slip
Dating from early 17th Century
Depicting Elizabethan Plant with a blossom and large fruits (probably pomegranates) . Beautifully hand embroidered in coloured wool and silk , slightly raised / three dimensional stump work.
Salvaged from a Jacobean Bed Hanging circa 1610
On original dark blue felted wool ground
Mounted in an 18th century Florentine carved gilt wood frame behind antique glass cover
The slip is well preserved and is in good antique condition considering it is 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 Florentine frame is in an antique condition with general signs of wear commensurate with age and type
losses, flaking and restoration to gilding, evidence of old long gone insect damage. Repair to foot
The embroidery displays beautifully in this ancient time worn frame
I am astonished to have been fortunate enough to acquire an entire private estate collection. All from the same hanging.
Advanced collectors will know just how rare these slips are. Usually only seen in Historic English House collections and Museums. In my opinion no textile collection is complete without one.
SIZE Frame is 13.5 inches high x 10 inches wide. slip approx 7.5 inches x 5.5 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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