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Victorian Pettipoint Woolwork of a Maiden with a Basket of Flowers
Of all the various forms of Victorian woolwork embroidery, one of my favorites has always been pettipoint. Not only can the details of the subject matter be more easily discerned, but also the overall appearance of the work seems more pleasing with these fine stitches. These pieces were created by more accomplished needlewomen. Furthermore, they took an incredible amount of time to complete, given the size of the linen, the fine wool yarn and the need for much smaller needles. The stitching in this piece was exquisitely done with soft, fine wool yarn and luminous silk floss.
In this scene, our pensive maiden seems off in another world than the romantic setting she is in. While sitting on a knoll and resting an arm on a tree stump, she is surrounded by mountains and other scenery. At her feet is a large woven basket partially filled with roses and mixed flowers. Some of the flowers have been embellished in fine silk floss that lends a luminous quality to this extraordinary piece.
The girl’s costume of a blousy, cream-colored shirt, a blue apron and a pink and cream full skirt combined with a large tan wide-brimmed straw hat adds to the romantic feeling of the piece. Her blouse is embellished in fine silk floss as well. Our stitcher placed a cobalt blue ribbon around her neck that is holding her hat behind her head. The shrub to her left was also finely detailed in wool yarn and silk floss. The whole picture presents the Victorian quintessential notion of romanticism.
The back of the work had some torn back as a backing, so I was able to observe the original colors used in this embroidery. I have included a photo of the back so that you can see for yourself how fabulous the color retention is of this approximately 175-year old piece.
Furthermore, it has its original Victorian rosewood veneer frame that was cut across the grain to reveal all the beauty of the wood. From the years and years of polishing, the frame has acquired a deep, rich color and beautiful warm and glowing patina. It also still boasts its original molded wood and gesso gilded slip and its original bubbled glass.
The condition of the needlework is superb. The condition of the frame is excellent. There are some slight veneer losses in the corners, but nothing to detract much from the overall appearance.
With its romantic theme, fine pettipoint stitching, marvelous color retention and handsome rosewood veneer frame, this piece would be a must-have for anyone creating charming atmosphere in their home.
It measures 17 inches wide by 19-3/4 inches high, including the frame.
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