• Hearts of Oak auction at Christies

    Sale 5982

    Hearts of Oak

    2 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 88

    AN IRISH GEORGE II NEEDLEWORK PANEL OF AN URN OF FLOWERS

    SIGNED AND DATED 17 JULY 1738

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    AN IRISH GEORGE II NEEDLEWORK PANEL OF AN URN OF FLOWERS
    Signed and dated 17 July 1738
    Worked with a central vase with bearded mask and outspringing acanthus above a gadrooned and fluted spreading socle issuing dense flowers including tulips, peonies, roses, lilies, carnations and other flowers, woven to the base with the inscription 'A..Y....Fecit Trallee July 17th 1738.', in a frame, probably originally from a pole screen
    25½ in. (65 cm.) high; 18 in. (45.5 cm.) wide


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    This firescreen panel evokes the Roman poet's Arcadia and concept of 'Ver Perpetuum' or everlasting spring. Venus's roses accompany a Pan-masked krater-vase overflowing with flowers. Displayed in a trompe l'oeil niche, it served like real 'bough pot' vases and those painted on chimneyboards to conceal the 18th century chimney-hearth, when not in use. (see M.R. Blacker, Flora Domestica, London, 2000, p. 59).

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Norman Adams, March 1977.
    50 Years of Collecting:Decorative Arts of Georgian England, Christie's King Street, 14 May 2003, lot 1.