Seventeenth Century Embroidery, Needlework, Judgement of Solomon

English, After an engraving by Boetius A. Bolswert, after Paul Rubens

Seventeenth Century Embroidery, Needlework, Judgement of Solomon, Image 1

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.

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.

Reference: See English and Other Needlework - The Erwin Untermyer Collection, published for the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Harvard University Press (1960) figure 33.


SKU: 935-58

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