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Needlework picture

1991.1412 (RS20838)

Description

Small panel of crewel embroidery on silk depicting a pair of birds on flowers in yellow, green, red, blue, and black, in hand-carved wooden frame with scalloped pattern, painted brown with traces of gilt.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1720-1780
Inscriptions
On the reverse is a handwritten note which says: ""This was wrought by my great-/grandmother Shaw and must/ be much more than one hundred/ years old. The frame is evidently/cut with a knife, and the pins/ which hold it are the same with/ which she secured it. I wish this/also to be given to Mrs. Thomas/ daughter of Mrs. Herman Melville./1915""
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
carving (processes)
crewelwork (technique)
silk (textile)
wool (textile)
Object type
Art
Descriptive terms
Carved
carving (processes)
crewelwork (technique)
crewelwork (visual works)
Crewelworked
needlework (visual works)
PICTURE, NEEDLEWORK
Silk
silk (textile)
Wool
wool (textile)
Dimensions
8 x 6 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.1412
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2953

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