An absolutely stunning Charles II, Stuart period, 1660s tent stitch picture on a undyed linen, plain weave, referred to as canvas ground. This 300 year old textile treasure is offered in VERY good condition with GOOD coloring. This gorgeous over 300 year old needlepoint survivor was made most likely by a young girl as domestic duties during one of the most turbulent centuries in British history. The scene is worked upon a plain weave undyed linen ground in simple tent stitch. The needlework depicts an Old Testament scene from story of the Expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael by Abraham. See the same subject expressed by Lucas Van Leyden (1516), Martin De Vos (1562-63), Gerard De Jode (1585) and Jan Victors (1635). These Old testament scenes were very popular for embroiderers of the mid to late 17th century, when girls were actively encouraged to devote themselves to needlework as a means of personal and domestic improvement..
See very similar examples at The V & A Museum, London.
We see Abraham, Hagar and young Ishmael in a typical mid 17th century imagined hillocky landscape complete with the charming out of proportion insects (caterpillar and snail) and typical buildings upon the hill behind. The silk floss is worked in fine, meticulous tent stitch with areas of the hair, beard, tree trunks and water highlighted in raised, textural silk and metal wrapped coiled thread (purl).
Housed within a stunning 1870s period replacement stepped oak frame and behind glass. The frame bears label verso for Mr Morris, Powlett Road and hand written inscription "worked by Mary Capple in 1500 or thereabouts".
Size: Frame 17.5" (44.5 cm) by 14.5" (37 cm). Actual needlework 11.75" (30 cm) by 8.75" (22 cm).
Condition: This ancient 360 year old embroidery has some gentle fading, images 2 to 14 are taken in natural English daylight and are a true reflection of color.There is some slight undulation as it is not on a stretcher and therefore not quite now a rectangle shape, see small green silk lined infill gap at the top left corner of frame. There are several small areas on the house roofs, snail etc that show evidence of its vast age, in these areas the stitching has worn away to reveal the under canvas. One tiny hole top right, small and cannot pick up on camera. There is possible over stitching in front of the angel top right, blue over stitches can be seen radiating from her (not too sure if this is just rays). Also a loose black thread, some trapped debris and a few possible black over stitches to the center of the flower bottom right corner.This ancient needlework has not been examined out of its handsome frame. Please study our many images by zooming in, these images form an integral part of the condition report. Please feel free to request more images.
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17th Century Stuart Needlework Picture, Circa 1660, The Life of Abraham, English Charles II
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