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Amongst our important collection of 17th century embroidery will be found raisedwork (sometimes referred to as stump work) oftain embellished with precious stones, pearls, beads, spangles and coral, these charming items are highly collected. Other techniques including canvas work and tent-stitch pictures are to be found with both religious (usually old testament) and domestic subjects. Although such objects as coifs, caskets and purses are increasingly rare we aim to have examples of the highest quality. 17th century samplers of spot motif and band form along with white work and black work (Spanish work) may also be seen in the collection.

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Period English Embroidered Textiles

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Cartouche with Couple in Landscape

A brightly coloured embroidery with a central raised work cartouche centrally positioned and placed above two royal beasts. Oversized plant slips applied to all four corners. Worked in floss silks.

English. Circa 1660.
Framed size: 63 x 43 cm

Antique Embroidery

Life of Abraham 17th Century.

17th century silk and metallic thread embroidery with raised work details depicting scenes from the Life of Abraham. These include The expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael and the sacrifice of Isaac.

Laid Silk Embroidery. English Mid 17th Century.

Depicting a fashionably dressed couple with attendants against a background abounding in small animals, insects and plants.

English. Circa 1660.
Framed Size.17 x 21 ins.

Antique Embroidery

Pastoral Embroidery. Mid 18th Century.

A most attractive large pastoral embroidery depicting four female figures placed within an idyllic landscape with a spotted dog and sheep. Worked in richly coloured silks.
Framed Size: 97 x 61 cm. (38 x 24 ins.)

Antique Embroidery

Raised Work. Portrait of Flora. Mid 17th Century.

This panel featuring a portrait of the goddess Flora is similar to a number of recorded embroideries including those in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, New York, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and Fenton House.
Framed Size: 39 x 51 cm. (15 x 20 ins.)

18th Century Pole Screens

From the early 18th century to the mid 19th century pole screens were an essential item of furnishing in the English house.