This is rather a lovely 19th century Victorian woolwork panel, the design mimicking a gothic mullioned window filled with florals.
It has been worked in wool on canvas somewhere towards the end of the 19th century, an example of Berlin woolwork, I think, where women could purchase a painted paper pattern to follow or later, pre-printed canvas to embroider. The reverse shows the much brighter sometimes slightly garish colours fashionable during this period as new dyes were invented and sometimes overused due to their newness.
The colours on the front are now more pleasing as they
have become more muted over time.
I like this panel a lot, it would have been framed and hung somewhere about the house, perhaps in a room without large windows to evoke the world outside, but perhaps it also had a religious or devotional undertone as the window imagery evokes Church stained glass windows and the flowers such as the lilies shown here were often used as symbols in religious iconography.
I am an obsessive textile addict, funding my 'habit' by unwillingly selling some of the beautiful antique and vintage textiles that I come across. As well as private sales, you can find me on ebay under the name vanye90, or see my ebay shop, Morgaine Le Fay Antique Textiles. A web site may be on the cards soon...
I sell mostly French textiles, but also come across English and European pieces from time to time. I enjoy ferreting out all sorts of interesting items, for example, 19th century French cottons & linens, huge chateau curtains, 18th century silks and embroideries, 16th and 17th century lace (occaisionally, when I can bear to part with them), fine linens, haberdashery as well as unused and pre-used antique and vintage fabrics such as florals, tickings, hemp runners, silks etc for projects such as cushions or pillows, framing, drapes, whatever your imagination can think of!
My new blog, Interesting Antique Textiles will discuss some of my more obscure, strange and often quite damaged textile finds with the hope that people may want to join in the discussions, and make some suggestions about the pieces based on their own experiences and textile knowledge!