Workbag

Crewelwork embroidery

English
dated 1705


Object Place: England

Dimensions

Length x width: 121.6 x 47.6 cm (47 7/8 x 18 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

59.686

Medium or Technique

Linen and cotton twill with wool embroidery

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Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Rectangular embroidered panel (unpicked workbag); twill ground with linen warps cotton wefts (fustian), symmetrical design of flowering tree on a mound, top half reflects lower half but flowers, leaves and stems embroidered in different colors and, occasionally, different stitches; “1705” in red and “MB” in blue satin stitches at opposite ends; pieced at corners where later embroidery continues pattern; mostly dense satin stitch for blossoms and leaves with bullion, satin, knot and other stitches at centers; wider stems in two pink and brown rows of satin stitch; small worn areas where stem used later to fill in

Provenance

Mary L. Smith Fund

Credit Line

Mary L. Smith Fund