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Stephen & Carol Huber:  Dealers in antique needlework samplers, silk embroidery, cross stitch, tapestries.

Marie Antoinette needlework from Huber

The Licking Cow
Embroidered Pastreal Scene
Probably English or French
Mid 18th Century

Utterly or udderly charming is the best way to describe this beautifully embroidered 18th century bucolic picture.
It depicts a cow licking the hand of an aristocratic lady standing by a lamb, being observed by a finely dressed gentleman petting his dog. Have you ever been licked by a cow? Their tongues are very rough, that's why the lady is cringing.
Look closely at the picture. Within the lavishly embroidered trees are 9 highly detailed birds, a monkey, and a peacock. At the bottom is a dynamic scene of a pair of geese defending their goslings from a vicious dog. Around the perimeter is a wrapped leafy vine and flower border.

It makes one think of Marie Antoinette playing with the animals in her private play farm within the grounds of Palace of Versailles . Hmm! ... perhaps it is?

Silk on silk; 21" x 20" framed.


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