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

stumpwork- music lesson from Huber
Music Lesson
Stumpwork picture
England mid 17th century

Early raised and padded embroidered needlework pictures now referred to as “stumpwork”, were extremely popular for about three decades beginning in the 1650’s. The framed decorative pictures ranged from small relatively simple to large intricately stitched examples like this one with its original veneer mahogany frame. The center cartouche seems to depict a young lady with a lute, laying aside her sheet music while under the instruction of an older gentleman. The surrounding silk background is studded with hundreds of French knots and motifs of an elegantly dressed couple, lion and stag, manor house, grotto, various flowers, birds, and animals.

Silk, metallic thread, mica, and beads on silk; 16 ¾” x 23 ¾” sight, 21 ½” x 25 ½” framed.


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