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    Sale 7561

    Simon Sainsbury The Creation of an English Arcadia

    18 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 220

    A CHARLES II NEEDLEWORK PICTURE OF A LADY AND GENTLEMAN

    CIRCA 1660-1675

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    A CHARLES II NEEDLEWORK PICTURE OF A LADY AND GENTLEMAN
    CIRCA 1660-1675
    Silkwork embroidery, the outsize central figures amid motifs including a red squirrel and a lion, and standing between two elaborate manors, the lady depicted with muslin collar and engegeants and the gentleman with lace collar, walking stick and sword, framed and glazed
    15 x 10 in. (38 x 25.4 cm.) without frame


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    In contrast to most extant examples of 17th Century domestic embroidery, this picture is charmingly naive. Many were the result of skilled embroideresses working to a printed ground, and while this example incorporates elements from those, the loose arrangement and cruder stitching are unusual. It may in fact be a portrait of specific people, as opposed to the more common biblical or mytholgical figures.

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