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18th Century Silk Embroidered Nautical Scene - HOPE

Price: $1,225.00

18th Century George III Silk Embroidered Nautical Scene, circa 1780, a refined picture made by hand-embroidered silk on silk, with hand-painted details, depicting a version of the classic "Sailor's Farewell" with a patrician young lady standing on shore leaning against a fouled anchor, with a ship sailing away in the background with presumably her beau. The quality of the embroidery is exquisite as is typical with these early silks, and the painted details include very delicately done facial features, hair, arms and feet. The image is in an oval cartouche bordered by silk thread bound to resemble a braid of the lass' hair, and is placed above the embroidered legend "HOPE."

These silk embroideries are thought to be the work of young ladies, no doubt from the upper classes to be able to afford such a dear material (as opposed to the thread and linen used by the middle class gals in their much more common finishing school Samplers. Georgian embroideries most often depicted stylized mourning or genre scenes; nautical pictures are really quite scarce.

This is a lovely companion piece to another Georgian nautical silk embroidery we have listed.

Silk is extremely fragile and does not age well over the centuries, so this piece is actually in extremely good condition. There is some discoloration, mostly around the perimeter, probably due to sunlight o perhaps some water over the years. Between subject and condition, this is one of the best Georgian silk embroidery we have ever had. It is mounted in a fairly recent bird's eye maple frame.

It measures overall: 16-1/2 in H x 12-1/24 in W

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