Collet Fiché Embroidery,

Collet Fiché Embroidery,

France, circa 1800

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sight size: 4¾” x 3¾” • framed size: 7¾” x 6¾” • sold

Collet fiché is a fascinating form of needlework that originated in France in the 18th century in the convents and schools of Ursuline nuns. This technique involves extremely fine double-sided embroidery executed on paper, with the reverse finished in the same precise manner as the front. Collet fiché pictures turn up only rarely and are always quite small. This splendid example depicts a wonderful composition of a floral arrangement with oversized blossoms in a faience (decorated and tin-glazed earthenware) footed bowl. It sits on a striped plinth, which is shown dimensionally.  

The reverse is, of course, the identical but opposite image, with no visible knots to the silk floss, see below for a photo.

Worked in silk on paper, it is in excellent condition with minor darkening to the paper and one very small insect hole, upper left. It is in a fine early gold-leaf frame, likely the original frame.  

Image of the reverse of collet fiché embroidery on paper.



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