Early 19th Century Romantic Silkwork Picture of a Classical Scene - image 1 of 13

This is an extraordinary example of early 19th century embroidery. Much of the silkwork was accomplished by using silk chenille floss. This type of floss was much more expensive than ordinary silk floss, used only by the wealthiest of estates.

The two large trees were entirely worked in silk chenille, as well as the lower foreground. On the right side is a thatched livestock hutch and two horned goats. The embroideress gave much personality to these animals. The hutch was done almost entirely in silk thread, with a small area of fine wool yarn for contrast.

The classical figures, a shepherd and shepherdess, are stitched in both silk and fine wool yarn. Their costumes were intricately done. The faces, arms, legs and feet were finely painted with watercolor, as was the custom of the period. The pretty blue sky and the small loch in the background were also painted directly onto the silk in watercolor.

The color palette of this work is soft and subtle. The stitcher used shades of gold, gray, and cream with black threads for contrast. These colors harmonize well with one another and make for a satisfying picture.

The piece was stitched in the oval, with an accompanying gilded, gesso embellished mount, as well as a rope-like insert of decoration into the frame. This wonderful, original period frame presents the needlework in the best possible manner. The gilding has turned a soft gold color that enriches the piece. The elegance of this classical landscape cannot be overstated.

Not only is this work expertly stitched, but also the composition and subject matter make this a most sumptuous scene. The original heavily embellished mount and frame combine with the work itself to create a work of near perfection.

The condition of the silkwork is superb. The color retention is absolutely wonderful. There is no insect damage or staining. The luminosity and the texture of the silk chenille thread are mesmerizing. The condition of the frame is excellent. There is very little missing gesso work, but there are a few old repairs to it.

At the end of the day, the very least that can be said about this timeless piece is that it is exceptionally beautiful.

It measures 23 inches wide and 19 inches high, including the frame.


Perry-Joyce Fine Arts

Early 19th Century Romantic Silkwork Picture of a Classical Scene

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