Feltwork Picture of Charlotte Mourning Werter,

Feltwork Picture of Charlotte Mourning Werter,

English, circa 1840

Mouse over image to enlarge

sight size: 11¾” diameter • framed size: 14¼” diameter • sold

This handsome rondel is a lovely needlework depiction of Charlotte mourning Werter from The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832). The 1774 novella is the romantic tragedy of a young, artistic man who falls deeply in love with a beautiful young lady, Charlotte. It was, however, an unrequited love and led Werter to take his own life. It was an extremely popular story and became a widely used pictorial subject matter for embroideries of the period - a highly emotional scene that tugged at the hearts of many a young lady.

The needlework displays Charlotte cloaked, holding a book as her brown eyes gaze on the ornate tomb of Werter, while the setting of trees and lawn create a beautifully textured backdrop. The work itself is an appealing combination of techniques including long silk and wool stitches, appliqued and embroidered areas of felted wool, and finely painted and inked paper for Charlotte’s face and hands holding the book. A nice neutral palette of color against the lovely blue felt ground is notably pleasing, as well. We have known of other, similar examples of this tradition of English embroideries worked on a blue wool ground.

This picture remains in excellent condition and in its excellent, original gold leaf frame.

contact us

You may contact us by phone (215.627.7797) or email (mailbox@finkelantiques.com) or complete our quick form and we will respond promptly.
If by some chance you do not hear back from us within 24 hours after submitting your message, please get in touch
as it means we didn't receive your inquiry. Thank you.

Refresh Type the characters you see in this picture. Type the characters you see in the picture; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.  Switch to audio verification.