17th Century Raised Work Embroidered Slip Motifs Frog Butterfly Caterpillar Snail Rare Charles II Period English Circa 1680
This is a wonderful example for your 17th century embroidery collection. These 17th century needlework survivors have been elegantly framed ready to display perfectly within your home.
This exceptional set of original 1600's fine petit point/ tent stitch applique motifs are known as slips. Slips were individual naturalistic needlework motifs that were worked separately and then applied as embellishments to a larger textile of usually silk, velvet or wool. You would find such slips attached to bed hangings, curtains and furnishings during the Elizabethan and Stuart periods. Of course the original fabric ground has long since deteriorated but the individual motifs have been lovingly saved and reapplied to fabric probably as they have been many, many times during the past centuries. In their present form they can be seen having been professionally reapplied to a cream silk ground set within silk covered edging and inner gilt slip. The whole then framed behind glass in a stunning wooden frame.
It is a treat to find 19 little slips together. Each flora and fauna is a miniature fantastical treasure because as you can see the detailing is absolutely superb to each of these bugs. We see seven butterflies, six caterpillars, three snails, one moth, one handsome frog and a large central flower.This combination of slips gives you a real insight in to Elizabethan and Stuart life and fashions. All things natural or horticultural were very much in favor. Printed illustrated books of the period depicting herbal flowers, fruits, beasts, birds, flies and worms were often used as design sources for embroideries. You will see the same designs repeated on embroidered boxes, furnishings, spot sampler, stumpwork panels and needlework pictures during this period. Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, England has a most fantastic collection of 16th and 17th century reattached needlework slips, some on the original bed hanging worked by Mary Queen of Scots during her imprisonment there. Please also see slip examples at Traquair House, Scotland and of course museums such as the V & A Museum, The Cooper Hewitt etc.....
Size. The unusual exotic fruit wood box frame measures 11.5" by 12". The largest floral slip measures 4" by 5", the smallest moth slip measures 1" by 0.5"
Condition: As mentioned these 19 needlework motifs were once part of a larger textile. They have been reapplied to a modern silk ground. Condition is very good, the colors still bright. There are some minor holes and stretching to some of the tent stitches as one expects from tent stitch canvasworks of this vast age. There is clear evidence of black fabric remains of the back cloth from which they were taken. There is a loose silk thread from the modern silk lining that is resting on a snail second row from the bottom.
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