Silk Embroidery,

Silk Embroidery,

Germany, 1800

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sight size: 23¼” x 11¾" • framed size: 26¼” x 14¾” • sold

We occasionally come across silk embroideries made by European schoolgirls that feature wonderful pictorial elements accomplished in the finest needlework. This is a delightful example that includes a variety of flower bouquets, assorted leafy branches, a basket of blossoms and a memorial. A delicate wreath formed of crossed laurel branches contains the inscription, "Darta Luise Berkoltzen Posdam Den 23 April il 1800.” We assume it was made in Potsdam, and it resembles other German examples (“Seidenmuster”) published in Patterns and Motifs by Anne Wanner-JeanRichard of the St. Gallen Textile Museum in Switzerland (1996).

Worked in silk on silk, overall this is in very good condition with minor wear to the silk. It is now in a late 19th century walnut frame with a decorative gold inner edge.

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