circa 1830 Floral Silk Embroidery in oval frame
This lovely antique hand embroidered floral bouquet dates from around 1830. Silk threads were used on fine, almost sheer silk fabric; the stitches are shaded satin and outline (or stem). The flowers are so exceptionally detailed that they are easy to identify– tulips, primroses, lilies, peonies along with other classic English garden flowers.
The embroidery is in very good condition: the colors are vivid, not faded and there is no thread loss. There is an approximately 1″ water spot just above the blue flower on the far right. There appears to be a very small tear at the bottom near the tulip stem end, but it is so close to the frame that it’s not very noticeable. The silk appears fragile, so if you choose to re-frame this embroidery a textile conservator would be recommended.
The visible embroidery area measures 12″ high by 10-1/2″ wide. The overall frame is 15-1/2″ by 13-1/2.” The frame is modern but very attractive, with a distressed painted finish and is in excellent condition, ready to hang.