This fabulous piece of Victorian woolwork has incorporated into it a technique referred to as plushwork. The background as well as the small urn with grapes, the basket of flowers and the burst of mixed flowers surrounding the cockatoo are all worked in even rows of counted cross stitch with soft, wool yarn.

The central design of the white parrot with its yellow crest and uplifted wings is worked in plushwork, however. This stitch was accomplished by pulling the threads of yarn through the canvas and cutting them, leaving about a quarter- to a third-of-an-inch protruding from the canvas. As this took much additional time and effort to accomplish, this type of needlework was not as numerous as other forms of Victorian woolwork embroidery. The bird’s eye is of glass.

The primary colors work well with each other and add considerable appeal to the embroidery. The background was done in several different dye lots, not unusual for the period, affording interesting effects. The profusion of flowers surrounding the central motif adds contrast and color to the composition. The basket of flowers upon which the cockatoo was attempting to perch upon, is filled with large, beautiful roses spilling out from it. The grapes in the compote emphasize the Victorian theme of fruit and flowers that runs through many needleworks of the era.

It is housed in a wonderful wood and gesso gilded frame with ornate embellishments.

The needlework is in excellent condition. There is a great deal of color retention. It has been well protected so there is no insect damage or age damage. It has some expected overall fading, but this adds to the charm and antique character of the piece. The frame has some losses to the gesso work; however, these do not significantly detract from the beauty of the piece.

It measures 32-½ inches wide by 42-½ inches high, including the frame.


Perry-Joyce Fine Arts

Large Mid-Victorian 19th Century Plushwork and Woolwork Parrot with Baskets of Fruit and Flowers

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