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The Collection of Anne H. & Frederick Vogel III

New York

worked in outline, seed, and other stitches, in a carved giltwood frame; depicting Moses being rescued from the Nile; border inscribed Pharoth dauther walking by the watter sid seeth moises in the bulrushes commaundeth him to be teaken up and sendeth for a nurs to nurs him; the back with a Milwaukee Art Museum exhibition label
Height with frame 16 in. by Width 22 in.; 40.6 by 55.9 cm.
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Sir Frederick Henry Richmond, Bt (1873-1953);
Christie's South Kensington, An Important Collection of Needlework, June 23, 1987, lot 145;
Katherine Christophers, King's Mill, Painswick, Gloucestershire, 1987;
Vogel Collection no. 479.


London, Lansdowne House, English Decorative Art, 1929, cat. no. 283
Milwaukee Art Museum, Early Needlework Exhibition, October 14, 1988 - January 1, 1989

Catalogue Note

Monochrome redwork pictures are extremely rare, though a few related examples depicting Old Testament scenes have survived.  A similar work relating the story of Abraham and Hagar also with embroidered text running across the top and bottom is in the Royal Museum of Scotland (A.1958.85; see Margaret Swain, Embroidered Stuart Pictures, 1990, p. 8), and a virtually identical version to this was formerly with Cora Ginsburg, New York (2006 Catalogue).  Further comparable pictures include a pair of scenes from the life of King Solomon formerly with Mallett, London (one ill. Lanto Synge, Art of Embroidery, Woodbridge, Suffolk 2001, p.142 fig.136).  The similar composition, stylised figures, and flora, and use of shading in all of these examples suggest they were based on a common source of woodcut prints.

The Richmond Collection was one of the finest collections of English needlework assembled in the 20th Century, started in 1907 by Sir Frederick Richmond, the chairman of Harvey Nichols and Debenhams department stores. Among other treasures, it included the purse that had belonged to Admiral Sir William Penn, father of the founder of Pennsylvania. On his death, the collection was divided between his two children and gradually sold in a series of auctions in London at Christie's in 1987 and 2001 and at Bonhams in 2011.

The Collection of Anne H. & Frederick Vogel III

New York