Early Embroidery Landscape Scene with Figure and Architectural Elements: C17th English
Dating from the first half of the 17th century a rare historic surviving textile, one of the earliest textiles we have on offer from our collection.
Hand embroidered in silks overlaid with couched gilt wrapped thread to create images including a figure of a saint(?) holding a sheaf of corn standing within a landscape with decorative buildings and trees. In the foreground are grasses sprouting from small hillocks.
Tge embroidery has a decorative embroidered frame running around the perimeter of the work.
It is worked onto a hand loomed linen ground and is backed with two further layers of linen contemporary to the piece.
The panel is time worn and there are losses in areas of the silk embroidery. There are multiple loose threads which could easily be stitched back into place.
This is a lovely piece and it is extraordinary that a textile of this antiquity has survived.
52cm X 38.5cm