27 - 28 June 2006
[EMBROIDERED BINDING.] The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments. London: Thomas Baskett and Robert Baskett, 1742.
2o (375 x 230 mm). Title printed in red and black. (Last leaf with margin reinforced.) Embroidered "stumpwork" binding made from a vestement, probably ecclesiastical, the front cover showing a large group of St. Anne, Mary and Child, the back with a large floral design. Provenance: purchased from Emil Offenbacher, 27 December 1956.
Stumpwork is a style of embroidery where the stitched figures are raised from the surface of the work to form a three-dimensional effect. Historically, this form of embroidery was used to decorate a variety of household goods.
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