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Needlework, Applique, Basket, and Flowers
Date/Period: 1701-1750 - SOLD

Needlework, Applique, Basket, and Flowers

Measurement: Frame: 26.5" x 15.25"; view: 23.75" x 12.5"

Material: Wool and felt stitched to a thin twill-woven woolen backing

Condition: Displays well, scattered losses to backing, strong color

Additional Information: Appliqued textile fragment, probably England, first half 18th
century, the fragment, apparently trimmed from a larger textile, perhaps a bed hanging,
intricately decorated with a central basket with emerging flowers, the leaves, and petals
of which are cut from individual swatches of dyed plain weave broadcloth applied
to form leaves, carnations, roses, pansies, and other stylized flowers and foliage, all
worked in ombre and gradated shades of red, pink, salmon, blue, green, and yellow
wool, with yellow, pale straw, pale green, pale blue, with
delicate silk embroidery on the foliage and at the centers of some flowers along
with French knots.

Provenance: The textile was purchased in the 1990’ s at the sale of the contents of Kitley House near Plymouth, Devon, England…the home of the Polloxfen and Bastard family since the 16th century. The house is now a hotel. The textile was found in one of the attics when the auctioneers were clearing the house prior to sale.



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