worked in polychrome threads in tent stitch with a central krater vase decorated with a bearded male face and acanthus leaves, and guilloche lip and gadrooned tapering socle support, issuing exuberant flowers and foliage, and pendant swags trailing each side, and two single flowerheads on the supporting ledge, the signature and date worked centrally along the lower edge, on a dark brown ground
Bought from Norman Adams, March 1977.
This panel follows in the tradition of the 18th century needlework firescreens, tapestry and savonnerie panels used for upholstery and as framed pictures and screens, which show flowers in vases on ledges. These were influenced by the Northern Old Master still-life paintings, particularly those of the Dutch, which resulted in highly distinctive floral table carpets. Needlework panels were often produced locally, as opposed to tapestry panels of similar subjects which often came from specific workshops, with definitive characteristics and often had design elements used in other works of art. This panel follows this tradition, with inspiration in having a central mask (which could have been a lion, satyr or human) which was used widely on Irish side tables, with scrolling foliage emerging from behind the mask.
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