A GROUP OF EMBROIDERED 'FLAME STITCH' PANELS, EUROPEAN, PROBABLY ITALIAN, 17TH CENTURY AND LATER
comprising of two large rectangular composite panels of 'flame-stitch', probably 17th century, worked in blues and shades of brown, with some red (190 by 93cm; 6ft. 2in., 3ft. and 195 by 100cm; 6ft. 4in., 3ft. 3in.), together with other panels with gentle curving line design, worked in yellow, pink and blue, mounted as a long cushion (38 by 67cm; 1ft. 2in., 2ft. 2in.) and a double sided square cushion (38 by 41cm; 1ft. 2in., 1ft. 4in.), and one long strip (38 by 206cm; 1ft. 2in., 6ft. 9in.), all edged on one side with fringing, together with English embroidered pieces, circa 1720, comprising of a rectangular panel (perhaps a baby crib coverlet), Portuguese or English, 17th century, embroidered with a foliate and diaper ground pattern, worked in saffron silk on cream, edged with silvered metal thread ribbon (61 by 85cm; 2ft., 2ft. 9in.), and a smaller panel of saffron diaper pattern, possibly reverse of pillow slip (42 by 55cm; 1ft. 9in., 1ft. 4in.)
Two large rectangular composite panels of 'flame-stitch' (190 by 93cm and 195 by 100cm - with a hole in the centre), each panel has a vertical join, and is made up of joined sections. There are some later repairs to the embroidery in areas. Not lined, except of half of one side of one panel, and the repairs of light highlights are visible through the linen lining. There are some areas where the silk is no longer present on the facing side. Fair condition for age.
Other fragmentary panels, worked in yellow, pink and blue:-
one panel mounted as a long cushion (38 by 67cm), with modern cream cotton backing, good overall condition.
a double sided square cushion (38 by 41cm), good overall condition
a long narrow strip (38 by 206cm), lined with sections of cerise silk, good overall condition.
all edged on one side with fringing,
together with a rectangular panel (perhaps a baby crib coverlet), edged with silvered metal thread ribbon (61 by 85cm), with light dark shaped stain in one corner towards centre,
and a smaller panel of saffron diaper pattern, possibly reverse of pillow slip (42 by 55cm)
Neither are lined.
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Probably Rose Berkeley (1861-1922)