An absolutely stunning Charles II, Stuart period, 1660s tent stitch picture on a undyed linen, plain weave, referred to as canvas ground. This 300 year old textile treasure is offered in very good condition with good coloring. This gorgeous over 300 year old needlepoint survivor was made most likely by a young girl as domestic duties during one of the most turbulent centuries in British history. The scene is worked upon a plain weave undyed linen ground in simple tent stitch. The needlework depicts an Old Testament scene from story of the Expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael by Abraham. See the same subject expressed by Lucas Van Leyden (1516), Martin De Vos (1562-63), Gerard De Jode (1585) and Jan Victors (1635). These Old testament scenes were very popular for embroiderers of the mid to late 17th century, when girls were actively encouraged to devote themselves to needlework as a means of personal and domestic improvement..
See very similar examples at The V & A Museum, London.
We see Abraham, Hagar and young Ishmael in a typical mid 17th century imagined hillock landscape complete with the charming out of proportion insects (caterpillar and snail) and typical buildings upon the hill behind. The silk floss is worked in fine, meticulous tent stitch with areas of the hair, beard, tree trunks and water highlighted in raised, textural silk and metal wrapped coiled thread (purl).
Actual needlework 9 inch tall (23 cm) by approx 12 1/4 inch at its widest (31 cm). Image 2 on wards taken in natural English daylight and are an accurate representation of color.
Condition: This ancient 360 year old embroidery has some gentle fading as you can see when you compare the reverse. There is some slight undulation as it is not on a stretcher and therefore it is not quite now a rectangle shape. There are several small areas on the house roofs, snail etc that show evidence of its vast age, in these areas the stitching has worn away to reveal the under canvas. One tiny hole top right, small and cannot pick up on camera. There is possible over stitching in front of the angel top right, blue over stitches can be seen radiating from her (not too sure if this is just rays). Also a loose black thread, and a few possible black over stitches to the center of the flower bottom right corner. Please study our many images by zooming in, these images form an integral part of the condition report. Please feel free to request more images.
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RESERVED KS 17th Century Stuart Needlework Panel, Circa 1660, The Life of Abraham, English Charles II
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