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Embroidery

Amongst our important collection of 17th-century embroidery will be found raised work (sometimes referred to as stump work), often embellished with precious stones, pearls, beads, spangles and coral. These charming items are highly sought after. Embroidery worked in other techniques, such as tent stitch, 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 whitework and blackwork, may also be seen in the collection.

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Sampler by Elizabeth Harwood, Circa 1670

Sampler by Elizabeth Harwood, Circa 1670

Long and lovely band sampler combining polychrome silk bands and whitework bands. The maker includes a stitched description which reads, 'Elizabeth Harwood April 24', though she does not list the specific year. English, circa 1670.

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Raised Work Panel Initialled 'EC', Circa 1650-1675

Raised Work Panel Initialled 'EC', Circa 1650-1675

A large raised work picture worked by a very skilled schoolgirl. At its centre is Judith holding the head of Holofernes. She is flanked by a fashionable courting couple and a variety of animals, plants, and flowers. Her initials, 'EC', are worked in spangles and metal threads at the centre top of the piece. English, circa 1650-1675

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Bead Work Basket. Mid 17th Century.

Bead Work Basket. Mid 17th Century.

A rare bead work basket of small size depicting a noble couple she proffering flowers and her partner with a doffed hat. Baskets such as this example, like embroideries from the same period depicting similar images, were probably made to celebrate an engagement or betrothal. English. Circa 1660.

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Reticella Panel

Reticella Panel

Probably Italian circa 1660

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Panel Likely from the Perwich School, Circa 1650-1660

Panel Likely from the Perwich School, Circa 1650-1660

Beautiful embroidered picture depicting Charity and three children sat under a flower-laden arch, largely in rococo stitches. Worked in coloured silk on a linen ground. Retaining good colour. Likely made at the Perwich school, one of the largest and most renowned girls' schools in early modern Hackney. English, circa 1650-1660.

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Susanna and the Elders 1660

Susanna and the Elders 1660

Impressive large raised work embroidery depicting Susanna and the Elders. Worked in coloured silks on a silk satin ground with applied slips. The frame of the central cartouche depicting the scene of Susanna is worked in metal purl. English circa 1660.

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Panel depicting King David and Bathsheba

Panel depicting King David and Bathsheba

An unusual bead work roundel featuring a centrally positioned angel playing a horn, flanked on either side by a mythical griffon and a wyvern. In fine condition with good detail. English. Late 17th century.

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Embroidered Needlework Panel 17th Century

Embroidered Needlework Panel 17th Century

17th century embroidered needlework panel incorporating raised and tent stitch, English circa 1660. This panel depicts the story of Abraham and Hagar, a popular biblical subject for seventeenth century needlework. This panel retains good original colour and condition.

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