Antique 18th Century Pin Prick Needlework On Paper Signed Mrs Bagshaw The American Lady Rare Folk Art Circa 1780s George III
This gorgeous example was wrought during the last quarter of the 18th century by a Georgian needleworker called Mrs Bagshaw The American Lady. Wouldn't it be lovely to return Mrs Bagshaw’s needlework back to her homeland. Please see similar period works by Martha Honeywell and Sally Rogers - all National American Treasures.
This rare silk embroidery which measures the most perfect proportions, also includes some delicious pin pricked decoration. Although in continental Europe, enhancing devotional images with pin prick decoration had been in use since at least the 16th and 17th centuries; it was during the Georgian period that 'polite society' revived this art form as a pastime. As well as paper quilling, paper cutting and of course painting and needlework; Georgian ladies turned their hand to creating the most delicate pin pricked (prickt) pictures.
This delicate and open floral arrangement is very pretty and light. We see roses and rose buds etc all displayed within an elegant twin handled basket. The flowers and foliage are all worked in silk thread. The basket having the fabulous addition of the pin pricked (prickt) decoration. See the hand written inscription running along its base "~ Needlework Of Mrs Bagshaw The American Lady~". This Georgian delight is housed within its original stained beech/ mahogany frame with wonderful crackled finish, probably where it has been hung near an open fire at some point in its life. It retains its top metal suspension loop and this frame has a good, genuine natural patina.
The frame measures 9” square, the visible needlework on paper measures just under 6” by 6”.
Condition ~ The silk embroidery is in good condition with some fading to be expected with age. However the greens have stood the test of time well and the pink is now a very pale, mellow shade of pink. The paper ground has darkened with age as is commonly the case with old, unbleached paper once it is exposed to air. There are some dappled light spots on the paper top left corner. There is a stain, center top by the rose bud and the bottom right corner has some discoloring. However, nothing that would prevent this gorgeous folk art needlework from looking absolutely fabulous upon display. There is some age expansion to the corner joins but all perfectly secure and stable. There is a 1 " long nick to the frame bottom left edge. We have also taped the reverse of this picture as gaps let in moisture which will over time damage the paper ground.
If you collect early embroidery or indeed traditional 18th century American folk art...this charming object is for you. Examples such as this, signed by the needleworker are RARE.
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