Rare Raised Work Embroidered Slip Circa 1680 Later Remounted
This is an ancient textile survivor from the James II period that belonged to a discerning English textile collector who sadly passed away a few years ago. This is an embroidered needlework 'slip' that would originally have been made to be sewn to a Jacobean bed hanging. The ripened fruits either Grape or Mulberry probably a fertility symbol to bless the wedding chamber. Curtains and pelmets would have had all manner of individual 'slips' sewn on to them reflecting the Tudor and Jacobean interest in horticulture and nature.
This large example was wrought in a strong and very tightly tent stitched wool thread with silk highlights. This large slip was salvaged many years ago and re-attached to a more modern silk ground wrapped around acid free card. It now comes with a green mount and is ready to frame.
This large fruiting slip with its rinceau or coiling stems measures approx 8.5" by 7". The acid free mounting board measures approx 11" by 9.25".
Condition - Apart from being detached from their original ground and remounted, they appear in good order with just the odd tent stitch missing. We would think that they have faded over the centuries, originally being very vibrant. There is a small dent in the green card mat at 1 o'clock. However, now a wonderful addition to an antique textile collection.
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