Needlework Picture, Esther & Ahasuerus, Seventeenth Century
Date/Period: Third quarter 17th century
Measurement: Frame: 22.75" x 15.75"; view: 20" x 13"
Material: Canvaswork, silk thread
Additional Information: Bold and charming, oversized figures’, a plethora of flora, and fauna.
Seventeenth Century Embroidery, Needlework, Judgement of Solomon, English
After an engraving by Boetius A. Bolswert, after Paul Rubens
Measurement: Frame: 26.5" x 19.75"; view: 21.5" x 14.75"
Material: : Silver metallic wire, thread, and tape, pearls;
various stitches in silk, wool, chenille. The period
frame is likely original.
Condition: : Excellent, not examined out of frame.
Refrence: See English and Other Needlework – The Erwin Untermyer
Collection, published for the Metropolitan Museum of Art by
Harvard University Press (1960) figure 33.
Additional Information: The Judgement of Solomon, a biblical, story
in which Solomon ruled between two women both claiming to be the mother
of a child. Solomon revealed their true feelings and relationship to the
child by suggesting the baby be cut in two, each woman to receive half. With
this strategy, he was able to discern the non-mother as the woman who
entirely approved of this proposal, while the actual mother begged that
the sword might be sheathed, and the child committed to the
care of her rival.
Seventeenth Century Embroidery, The Expulsion of
Hagar & Ishmael by Abraham, English
Date/Period: Second half of the seventeenth century
Measurement: Frame: 22.5" x 17.5"; view: 18" x 13"
Material: Polychromed silk thread
Condition: Excellent, likely the original frame and strainer
Refrence: English Embroideries by Mary M. Brooks, page 34, catalog
5. Also, Catalog of Embroideries [Lady Lever Art Gallery] by
Xanthe Brooke; pp. 42, 23 and 44.
Additional Information: : 17th century embroidered panel, English,
depicting the biblical story of the banishment of Hagar and Ishmael by
Abraham. Finely wrought featuring a lion, leopard, stag; birds, butterflies,
snails and other critters…at lower right is a fishpond with a frog and fish.
Beautiful flowers, fruited trees, and a well populate the colorful hillocks.
There is nary any negative space in this composition. A wonderful work
closely following known prints and paintings of the period.
Mourning Picture, Sayles Family, Franklin, Massachusetts, Silk and Watercolor
Wrought by Avilda Sayles / Franklin / Wrentham Academy (Massachusetts) Date/Period: About 1799 to 1805
Measurement: Frame: 23.75" x 19.5"; view: 20" x 16.25"
Material: Silk on silk, watercolor
The work is conservation mounted within a gilt git Sully style frame of the period.
Condition: Good condition, trivial toning at top just under mat, minor staining at top
right corner. Scattered fine losses to black eglomise; small ares of glass loss limited to
upper left and lower right corners. Displays well.
Additional Information: Wrought by Avilda Sayles, Franklin (MA) at Wrentham
Academy. Avilda was born March 6, 1788, and died Jan. 13, 1866. She created this
memorial for two of her siblings, Nabby Sayles died Sept 30, 1799, age 3 and Lavinia
Sayles died June 7, 1786, aged 7 years.
Day's Academy (also known as Wrentham Academy) was a former academy in
Wrentham, Massachusetts that existed between 1806 and 1875 when it became the
site of Wrentham's High School. The work is mounted within a John Doggett [Roxbury,
Massachusetts] type frame featuring spiral-twisted turning.
Fire Screen, Queen Anne Pole Screen,
Mahogany, Embroidered Floral Panel
Possibly American, Circa 1760
A true carved acorn finial surmounts the pole which continues to the turned standard;
the whole resting on cabriole legs terminating with scarcely encountered egg and rat
claw feet. The embroidered floral panel, basket resting on table is worked in wool
threads on a linen ground; backed with silk. Period repair to very-top of standard
where pole is received; small perfectly fitted half-inch brass collar [mahoganized]
was fitted and secured with screws to insure the integrity of a tight and perfectly
aligned short-fissure. The pole screen lived in this writer’s office for two weeks
with me never noticing this clever repair. There are a few imperfections to embroidery.
(Height: 49.5"; screen: 22" x 18")
Berlin Needlework Portrait
Full Standing Figure of Washington
General Washington is posed before his horse with compromised canon and cavalryman while in the background is Continental soldiers and our 13-star flags.
The patterns were imported from Berlin as was the worsted wool used for working needlepoint and/or cross-stitch pictures on canvas throughout the Victorian era. Frame: 45.5 by 56.25"; Sight Size: 38.75 by 49.5".
Early Embroidery, Young Woman Wearing Bonnet, Holding Floral Garland, Sheep Date/Period: Circa 1800
Measurement: Frame: 11" x 9.5"; view: 8.5" x 7"
Material: Silk floss on silk, water colored face
Condition: Fine, strong color
Additional Information: Needlework picture housed in brass frame. Young lady
standing in front of tree with houses in distance and a lamb at her side.
Beautifully embroidered floral wreath wrought on white moire within a plush, twisted
fuzzy silk cord trim. The fans are in fine original condition; mounted within a lovely
shadowbox. (Frame: 21.75" x 15.75"; fans: 13.5 by 9.5”)
Silk on silk with watercolor
The work remains in good condition with only fading and scattered staining. (Frame: 19.5 x 18 inches; view: 15.5 x 14 inches)
Antique Embroidered Wall Pocket, US Navy, Eagle, Shields, Flags, and Anchor
Circa 1810 to 1830,
Silk floss on brushed cotton, printed cotton back - SOLD
(Overall good condition consistent with age; 7.5 by 4")
Seventeenth Century Stumpwork Embroidery, Faith, Hope, and Charity (Caritis) Date/Period: 1680 - SOLD
Measurement: Frame: 21" x 17"; view: 15" x 11"
Material: Worked in silks, silver threads, seed pearls, and chenille threads on a silk
ground; hide loops wrapped in threads forming oval wreath.
Condition: Appears to be cutout and mounted on a twill weave; scatted threat losses.
Additional Information: The embroidery is very finely worked in a variety of stitches
with areas of plump-raised work. Pictorial scene depicting a woman, possibly Charity,
standing before a fruited tree with birds and three children; possibly Faith and Hope
standing at either side. The central vignette includes a swan behind large urn filled with
water with what appears to be fish…all within a most unusual wreath flanked by winged
angels. The raised wreath was created by folded strips [loops] of thin hide or parchment
wrapped in threads. The central composition and surrounding borders display a variety
of animals, birds, and flowers. Also, a rainbow, sun face, buildings and more. Earlier we
mentioned possibly Faith, Hope and Charity whereas the subject at left holds a crown
while the figure on right leaning on anchor having a bird perched on her finger is
assumed to be the likeness of Hope…We found similar compositions depicting Faith,
Hope and Charity, however, none exactly like this composition. If you recognize this
composition, please edify!
Please see English And Other Needlework, The Untermeyer Collection, page LXXVII,
figure 101; an engraving suggested as inspiration.
Caritas is Latin for Charity; Allegorical personification of Charity as a mother with three
infants. (Sometimes four) According to Christian tradition, Charity (Caritas) is one of the
three Theological Christian virtues, alongside Hope (Spes) and Faith (Fides).
18th Century Flame Stitch Purse, Needlework Pocketbook
Circa 1750-1800 - SOLD
The interior with three compartments is lined with green silk and displays a tear at
interior lid fold area. The back of purse remains bright, front with scattered thinning to
wool threads, uniform fading. (6.75" x 4.25")
Needlework, Seventeenth Century Embroidered Pictorial Panel, Charles II
England Date/Period: 1680-1690 - SOLD
Measurement: Frame: 21.5" x 24"; view: 17.5" x 20"
Material: Polychrome silk, chenille, sequins, and metallic thread worked on ivory
colored satin ground
Condition: In very good original condition, any trivial imperfections are consistent with
age. The work is mounted within a 19th century figured walnut frame.
Additional Information: A vignette depicting what appears to be related to the
Judgement of Paris, Paris handing the golden apple to an Olympian Goddess. The
piece is worked in various stitches, including motifs in relief. Displayed is an abundance
of exotic flora and fauna including approximately 35 animals, creatures, birds,
amphibians, castles, and insects: 23 + floral motifs… and a frog by a pond with a large
fish. The plethora of vignettes leaves very little negative space.
French 17th Century Tapestry Throw
Pillow/Cushion, Depicting a Figurehead Date/Period: Likely 17th Century - SOLD
Measurement: Thickness: 7"; diameter: 20"
Material: Dyed and twisted handspun linen threads
Condition: Scattered imperfections consistent with age and use; typical
restoration. Please call to discuss.
Additional Information: A dramatic example, the portrait within a field of blue centered
by border with scalloped design. The tassels and brushed cotton case likely date to the
early 20th century.
Antique House Sampler, Embroidery, Likely Newburyport, Massachusetts, 1807
Sarah Toppan Raboteau, Age 9, 1807 - SOLD
A three and one-half story twin chimney grand house within fenced garden of trees
displaying five birds; brick walled front garden…the diamond pattern front walk displays
substantial thread loss. (Frame: 22 x 23"; view: 20 x 21")
Wrought by Sarah Toppan Raboteau age 9; Birth; 28 May 1798 Newburyport
Mother: Abigail Raboteau
Father: Sea Captain; Charles Cornelius Raboteau
Eighteenth Century Embroidered Chair Seat Cover, Canvaswork Upholstery
Wilson Family, Philadelphia (EX Kindig)
Date/Period: Circa 1760 - SOLD
Measurement: Frame: 19.5" x 16.5"; view: 16.5" x
13.5"; fabric is somewhat larger…it is folded over backboard.
Material: Wool, linen
Condition: Excellent, strong color; not examined out
of frame…the back is visible and Sealed within plexiglass.
Additional Information: A well balanced composition
featuring crisp diamond-within-diamond and carnation design displaying
brilliant color. This piece is accompanied by a deteriorating handwritten
note dated 1900 and four additional pages on which are recorded birth and
death dates of family members and the decent of needlework through the
first half of the 20th century.
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