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Silk Pictures

In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century silkwork embroideries were particularly popular. As well as classical subjects, mourning pieces and topographical embroideries were also produced. After completing their childhood samplers young women from the leisured or genteel classes would progress to embroidering one or more of the fashionable silk pictures. Patterns could be purchased from shops selling embroidery and other craft materials. Often inspired or copied from popular prints of the period, they were bought ready drawn onto a silk ground with such details as faces, hands and sky painted in with water colour ready for embroidering.

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Pair of early 18th Century Silk Pictures

An impressive pair of brilliantly coloured silk embroideries depicting a classically attired shepherd and shepherdess. Both figures are surrounded by lush flowers in skilfully shaded long and short stitch.

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Pair of Silk Work Embroideries

The back of one stretcher bearing a hand written inscription 'Embroidered by Elizabeth Neal in the year 1788. Transferred by her daughter Sarah Armstrong 1852' Many English patterns were sent over to America to be worked by school girls at fashionable academies specialising in embroidery.
Provenance: Mildred S Hilson (1898 - 1994)

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Early 19th century Portrait. Circa 1820

Whilst the use of water colour with silk was a popular medium and commonly practised, the use of oils in combination with needlework is most unusual. This large portrait of a fashionably dressed young woman was probably commissioned and the work of a professional artist. It is probable that having completed the commission in oils the sitter herself finished the work using rich floss silks.
Contained in the original gilt wood frame.

Framed size: 35 x 31 ins.

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'Poor Maria'

This subject was popular with embroideries both in England and America. Silk on silk with painted detail contained in the original star frame.
Circa 1790.

Framed size: 43 x 51 cm.

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The subject is taken from the book 'Jerusalem Delivered' and depicts either Clarinda or Erminia inscribing his name on a tree trunk.
English. Circa 1790.
Framed size: 32 cm (13 in) x 38 cm (15 in).

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Silk and Chenille Picture.

A finely worked embroidery depicting an urn filled with an attractive arrangement of flowers using silk and chenille threads on a fine linen ground.
Framed Size. 31 x 25 ins. 79 x 64 cm

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Colonial Silk Embroidery.
Harrison and Crosfield Ltd. 20th century

An unusual and very interesting presentation silkwork richly embroidered on silk with coloured silks and gold thread. The centre with a printed dedication to Carl Reid and his time with the Company and given to him by the Indian staff of Harrison and Crosfield Ltd, 6 Church Lane, Calcutta, India.
Framed size: 59 cm

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Damon and Phoebe. French Early 19th century.

An outstanding silk embroidered pictue worked with coloured silks and metallic thread in meticulously shaded long and short stitch. The fashionably dressed figures representative of a shepherd and shepherdess are set within a bucolic landscape.

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Port of New York. Circa 1850.

A very rare American silk embroidery with water colour painted details worked by J.Murinne. The scene is based on a marine painting by the artist, Louis Augier, circa 1850 who did a number of studies of New York and was popular at this period.
Contained in a period maple maple frame with the original mount.

Framed Size: 57.5 cm (23 in) x 78 cm (31 in).

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