Antique 18th Century Miniature Needlework Pair Birds Circa 1780s
This is a rare opportunity to own a very scarce PAIR of ALL original English miniature silkwork embroideries. This dinky pair are absolutely charming and delightful and they are offered in superb condition. Completely original these George III period needleworks are a purists dream item as they have never been opened.. Birds are a rarity but to have them in miniature form and as a pair...well it is almost too wonderful to imagine....
This fine pair are brought to you in their original oval frames which measure 6.25" by 5" ( the red bullfinch bird's frame measures approx 2/8" smaller). The visible silkwork measures approx 4.5" by 3.5". These little beauties depict an elegant Peacock and an English Bullfinch. The peacock is busying himself scanning the ground looking for a meal; the handsome bullfinch has been startled and is about to take flight. Both birds are depicted on a striped ground that is worked using long stitch ( a common method during the 18th century). Both depictions are worked on THE finest woven silk ground,, These beauties have been kept away from harsh sunlight and damp English walls as their colors are still vivid. Most importantly there are no signs of perishing to the silk ground.
Both silkworks are housed within their original gilded oval frames with inner bead decorated border. The frames have darkened a little with age but after 235 years I think that we can overlook this point. Both frames have their original bubbled glass and top metal suspension loops. This stunning pair have NEVER been opened and to the reverse you will see their original framers label. This is a real bonus and helps us reaffirm their date as James Heskett of No 13 Sweetings Alley, Royal Exchange was a Map, Prints and Chart Seller who operated at this address from 1784. This pair were wrought close to this date as the S's in the trade label to the reverse are written as F's.
Condition is very good. The frames have darkened with age and there is minor wear to the frame edges. As mentioned the silk ground is in good strong order and the silk coloring is still fairly vibrant. The peacock has one loose long stitch thread as seen on the grassy ground.
These are a very scarce and delightful pair of the most perfect miniature proportions. When will you find another of equal appeal!!
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