Friday, 11 February 2011

An early 18th century embroidered silk dress or apron panel

I have chosen to share this textile today as a contrast with the grim, grey & grizzly weather today here in East Sussex. It is an early 18th century embroidered silk panel, possibly from a high-class dress or decorative apron. It is so pretty, the colours are luscious, the embroidery so delicate and evocative of Summer. I have included a photograph of a similar embroidered panel (the last photo) taken from the V&A book: Embroidery in Britain from 1200-1750. This example is a heavier curtain panel, more of a furnishing weight than the delicate panel here, but I couldn't find the reference photo that I was looking for!

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