Antique 18th Century Miniature Needlework Pair English Birds Rare Circa 1780's
We are delighted to offer a rare pair of feathered friends; such a lovely change from the usual figurative silkworks of this period. This highly decorative pair of George III era miniature silkworks are offered in their original Hogarth frames with their original eglomise old bubbled glass mounts. To have a pair is a rare treat but to have a pair of birds, well - that is especially pleasing.
These silkworks depict British song birds - we see a colorful Bullfinch type bird and a Song thrush perched upon leafy branches with striped hillock's in the back ground. Both this striped hillock ground and the Carnation type flower are very reminiscent of earlier Stuart period needleworks. The detail is just beautiful.
The original stained/ painted pine frames measure 9.75" by 8.5". The actual visible oval silkwork measures 6.5" by 5.5".
Condition is very good but not quite perfect. The silk ground has a couple of small insect holes on the brown thrush and also some minor foxing. The colorful finch is free from both The eglomise glass is ancient with ripples and air bubbles. The original frames have their surface flaking a little but nothing untoward after 200 plus years. Their original backing paper is long since deteriorated and new nails have secured their original wood backing boards but many years ago. We always tape the edges for transit and to prevent moisture creeping in.
These are a most unusual and delicious pair with good coloring and of excellent small proportions. This is a fabulous opportunity to own a pair of fantastic textile survivors from the George III period. Please see the other even smaller pair from the same previous owner. With our FREE UPS shipping they can be with you in 2 days!!
We use express courier service to deliver this pair to you (with signature required upon delivery). This delivery price is INCLUDED in our easy pricing for USA, Canadian and mainland European customers, we do not cover any import duties or fees. Shoppers from elsewhere in the world please contact us for shipping cost.
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