6 April 2000
AN EARLY LOUIS XV FRAMED NEEDLEWORK PANEL
The gros and petit point needlework in wools and silks, depicting Orpheus playing the violin surrounded by women emblematical of the four seasons, on rolling grassland, in a strapwork border on a brown ground, reduced from a larger panel, in a modern coral slip and giltwood frame with sanded border and moulded frame
41 in. x 34 in. (104 cm. x 86.5 cm.), including frame
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L. Synge, The Needle's Excellency, Mallett catalogue, p. 50.
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