Collet Fiche Embroidery

France, late 18th century


size of paper: 4” x 5” • framed size: 6” x 7” • sold

Collet fiche is a fascinating form of needlework that originated in France at the end of the 18th century, in the convents of Ursuline nuns. This technique involves fine double sided embroidery and ink on paper, with the reverse finished in the same very fine manner as the front. The subject of these is always religious in nature, in keeping with their origin.

This splendid little example depicts a wide border of shimmering flower blossoms, buds and leaves surrounding an inner scene of a dove and banner over a flaming heart. The inked inscription, written in Latin, reads: “My husband has come. Bring the song of your voice to my ears.” The reverse is, of course, the identical but opposite image, with no visible knots to the silk floss (see photo below). 

Worked in silk on paper, it is in excellent condition and has been framed with glass on both sides.


collet fiche reverse

photo of reverse

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