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Stephen & Carol Huber: 17th - 19th Century Needlework

3 Graces stumpwork from Huber

English mid-17th century
Needlework picture

This elegantly executed needlework features three lavishly dressed young ladies on the grounds of an opulent estate framed in an oval three dimensional woven ribbon border surrounded with leaves, flowers, birds, unicorn, and stag.

The Three Graces represent ancient Greek goddesses who presided over all social enjoyments and elegant arts enhancing the enjoyment of life by refinement and gentleness. They were Aglaia (brilliance), Euphrosyme (joy), and Thalia (bloom).

They have also been referred to as promoting gracefulness, charm and beauty, and cheerful amusement. And sometimes described as overseeing adornment, mirth, festivity, dance and song or other pleasures of life, including play, amusement, banqueting, floral decoration, happiness, rest, and relaxation.

Although these attributes are usually associated with women, in men they are the underpinnings of chivalry.

This remarkable needlework is presented in an appropriate beautiful reproduction shadowbox frame.

Silk on silk; 17 ½ x 19 ½ framed.


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