It’s rare to see such a large-scale Victorian embroidery with such strong color and intricate design in its original, ornate gilded frame. It obviously was a treasured piece for many years.

The scene itself seems to have been taken from an earlier painting, as the style and costumes are from centuries earlier than the woolwork. The central figure in ermine coat, short pants and feathered hat is a royal. His companion, with a bugle under his arm, may be a woodsman or perhaps a courtier. His costume is striking as well with his red coat with fur collar. The large dogs are depicted in great detail. On the left side are horses and more of the hunting party. The forest was superbly created in fall season shades of gold and brown that contrast well against the blues and creams of the sky.

The very small counted cross stitches were expertly done in long, even rows. The tiny stitches are what gives this piece its extraordinary detail. And at about 400 stitches per square inch, there are over 300,000 in all, an incredible achievement that had to have taken many months to complete.

Another attribute of this piece of exquisite needlework is the abundant use of silk floss to highlight various parts. The costumes are heavily highlighted, as well as the dogs. As silk floss was an expensive imported item, this additional attention to detail shows that this work originated in a wealthy household.

It is housed in its original, heavily decorated wood and gesso gilded frame that retains its original bubbled and wavy glass. This antique, ornate gilded frame helps make this wonderful embroidery a piece de’ resistance that can be used in the decorative scheme of any room.

The woolwork is in exceptionally fine condition, with no staining, holes or insect damage. The color retention is phenomenal. The frame is excellent condition for its age and type. It has suffered a few losses of the overlay gesso work here and there as might be expected.

This piece would dazzle in any interior.

It measures 40-¼ inches wide by 32-½ inches high, including the frame.


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Perry-Joyce Fine Arts

Large Mid-19th Century Victorian Woolwork of Hunting Scene with Dogs


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