Antique 18th Century Reticule Purse Silk Tapestry Weave Framed Circa 1795
This is wonderful little survivor from the late Georgian period. This is an 18th century silk tapestry weave drawstring reticule that has been professionally housed within in a shadow box frame. Dating from 1795 it retains THE most vibrant and pretty coloring. See an identical example at the Powerhouse Museum.
This vibrant example was woven in silk at Aleppo, Syria during the 18th century. Aleppo was a majorly important city on the silk route. The silk route was the trade route across Asia that allowed for the trading and transportation of most of the silks, spices and other exotic commodities that made the Western world rich and prosperous. The souk's and bazaar's of Aleppo being at their hey day during the Ottoman rule of the middle ages.
The purse measures 5.5" by 5". The modern gilt frame measures 11" by 9.75".
Condition is good but not pristine after its amazing 220 years. Upon closer visual inspection a few minor gaps where the weave has stretched can be seen, very common on all antique tapestries including Verdure and Aubusson. The purse is displayed on a perfectly coordinating green woven background cloth. The entire ensemble is very appealing. Please note that we have not wished to open the professional frame to inspect it.
This is a superb example to add to your purse or textile collection. A beautiful little package that is just ready to hang.
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