Large and Impressive 18th Century Silkwork In Rare Circular Frame Circa 1780
This really is a superb example of an 18th century embroidery that is offered in exceptional, original condition and in the sought after circular shape frame and at an exceedingly GOOD price. Dating to the 1780's, this serene, pastoral scene depicts a shepherdess ( Adelaide) and shepherd (the nobleman Fonrose) watering sheep at a small, meandering stream. This is a scene after Jean Francois Marmontel's play called " La Bergere des Alpes" - 'The shepherdess of the Alps'. A story of forbidden love, death and new love. This play was very popular in the second half of the 18th century when it inspired paintings and engravings. See similar Shepherdess paintings by Claude Joseph Vernet and William Hamilton, Thomas Gaugin, Francois Boucher and not forgetting Angelica Kauffman; also the engraving of the same scene by Bartolozzi. The Met Museum also holds a later silkwork example of the same scene.
The gorgeous circular frame measures 15.25" by 1.75". The circular painted silkwork measures 12" diameter.
This exquisite example comes complete with original gilded, ornate frame and original old bubbled glass. It is all original and never been opened as can clearly be seen to the reverse. This is an unusual silkwork because the sky ground is painted upon fine linen, so too the beautifully rendered faces and hands. This painted detailing is all original and wonderfully executed with the clouds and depth of sky. Adelaide's face is especially beautiful, a little work of art all by itself. The colors have remained bright and strong, particularly the reds and blues. The long and short silk stitching is expertly wrought with a real sense of depth, tone and texture.
Condition of the silk embroidery is excellent with minimal fading and no holes or stitch loss. The linen ground sky has no insect damage or staining and is absolutely original to this stunning example. The frame is showing its vast age a little with some drying, cracking and old repairs BUT the original gilding still GLOWS. There is some evidence of the original brown back paper disintegration - paper debris has been trapped behind the glass and can be seen to the left of the Shepherd and by the drinking sheep. We really would not wish to disturb the original backing paper to remove this...it is only paper.
This is a fantastic example with a perfect subject matter with the added bonus of having the scarcer circular design. It's beauty will quite simply blow you away.....
FREE SHIPPING - Please note that due to the dimensions of this silkwork it will ship by DHL courier service to USA, Canada and mainland Europe (usually a 2 day delivery service). This cost IS already included in the price but we do not cover any import duties or fees. Shoppers from outside of these countries please contact us for shipping cost.
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