Book Cover, Mary Brett,

Book Cover, Mary Brett,

England, 1713

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needlework size: 6¾” x 10¾” • framed size: 9¼” x 13" • sold

One of our favorite forms of early English needlework objects is the book cover – recognizable by two matching panels that would have covered the front and back and a wide center column for the spine. They are always small and were generally made for a personal bible or psalm book. This one is signed and dated, Mary Brett, 1713, and unusually, features depictions of female figures inside sawtooth frameworks.  

Because they were much handled, they became worn and often didn't survive at all. This one is in very good condition. Worked in silk on linen, it has been conservation mounted and is in an early molded and painted black frame.

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