Martha Honeywell Needlework Pin Prick On Paper Circa 1810 RARE American Folk Art
This is a rare item of American folk art that was discovered here in England, of course Ms Honeywell traveled to England on tour during the Georgian period and exhibited at Bristol, England
This exceptional needlework upon paper was crafted by Martha Ann Honeywell (1787-1848) . We think that you will be flabbergasted at the intricacy of this small needlework upon paper. You see Martha Honeywell was born in the USA without hands and with only three toes on her one foot. Remarkably she was able to produce her artworks by gripping the scissors/ needle within her teeth but also using her toes to support the tools!! For needleworkers with hands embroidery upon a paper ground is so exacting, making sure that one does not irreparably pierce the paper, we cannot imagine the skill and patience needed here, working with ones teeth and feet!! This amazing lady also created silhouettes, watch papers, miniature verse, paper cut outs, wax decorations, paper flowers AND found time to write. . One of her first appearances was in 1798 at a museum of Gardner Baker in New York!! This child protégé went on to travel extensively through Europe and the USA (including Barnum's Museum in New York City) showcasing her exceptional skills and of course retailing her work. Surviving examples of her needlework rarely come on to the retail market, this is a rare chance to own one of her original needleworks.
Having much experience of Georgian period needleworks and cut paperworks, we date this example to the 1810 period. The cornucopia was a popular decorative motif at this time and so too was pin prick decoration ( its height of popularity 1780-1820, see our item's TA11195 and TA10543 for examples from both dates). Martha has stitched a very pretty floral spray into her Cornucopia. Using polychrome silk floss we see an arrangement of rose, rosebud and pansy. Under the flower filled pin prick horn is the hand written script "Needle Work Done With The Mouth By Martha Honeywell".
Housed under glass, set within its original cream card mount with gilt edge and within its original gilt frame with bead decoration. We have re-taped the backing paper as it was very loose/ flapping. Size: 13.25" by 11.25". Actual visible needlework aperture size 5 1/8" by 4 1/8"
Condition - All images are taken in natural daylight. Condition is very good but as you would expect from a 200 plus year antique....not pristine. The original wove paper has darkened a little with age and has some gentle foxing and mottling to the unbleached paper. The embroidery is in good, strong order with some fading to the colors (mainly the leaves). The paper is free from rips or holes. The original DEEP card mount has foxing and debris trapped under the glass. The frame is good and sound with no missing beading or touch ups. Some rubbing to the top and bottom edges, now much darkened. Although we have secured the backing paper with tape we have not opened this wonderful item and examined it out of its frame. We never disturb such items unless absolutely necessary.
This is a very sought after example to add to your distinguished collection.
Due to its dimensions, this item will ship for free by expedited courier service to USA, Canada and mainland Europe. We do not however cover any import duties or taxes. Shoppers from outside of these countries please contact us to discuss shipping.
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