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Tree of Life, An embroidered crewel work panel, probably hanging from a tester bed, English, late 17th/early 18th century

UK: Greenford Park WarehouseMargin Scheme

Estimate:

7,000 - 10,000 GBP

Tree of Life, An embroidered crewel work panel, probably hanging from a tester bed, English, late 17th/early 18th century

Tree of Life, An embroidered crewel work panel, probably hanging from a tester bed, English, late 17th/early 18th century

Estimate:

7,000 - 10,000 GBP

Lot sold:

17,640

GBP

Tree of Life, An embroidered crewel work panel, probably hanging from a tester bed, English, late 17th/early 18th century 


worked in polychrome wools against a linen and cotton twill ground, in a variety of stitches and knots, with overall design of a tree with scrolling branches and exuberant foliage, incorporating small birds eating berries, and various flying insects, the lower edge with hillocks and exotic animals, crocodiles, leopard, elephant, monkeys, snake and colourful birds and pavilion; mounted on a stretcher

Mounted on stretcher: 255cm high, 125cm wide, 2cm deep; Textile panel: 252cm high, 123cm wide

Panel has been professionally mounted onto a new linen covered stretcher (the reverse of the stretcher is covered by the later linen too). There is a later four sided outer narrow green and cream banded selvedge around the panel. The polychrome wool embroidery is worked in a variety of stitches which is in overall very good condition, especially along the lower band. It is worked on a linen ground, which has patches, joins, small holes, some thinning and some discolouration in areas, but is stable. A very decorative and evocative panel, with well executed variation of stitches, and charming detailing in the design, from the flowers, to the birds and different butterflies and moths, and the wonderful group of animals and exotic pavilion against the hillocks of the lower section.


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Probably with the Crooke Family at Kempshott House, Hampshire;

By descent with the Parry-Crooke family, Darsham House, Suffolk, from second half 19th century until circa 1945;

and thereafter in another family house until 1993;

Christie's, South Kensington, Fine Lace, Costume and Needlework, 16 November 1993, lot 204 (cover illustration);

Peta Smyth Antique Textiles, 2011;

When acquired by the present owner.

The Tree of Life, Peta Smyth Antiques Textiles, (exh. cat.), July 2011, cat.nr. 12, p.15 (illustrated on back cover).
Selling Exhibition of Textiles: Many with a Tree of Life Design, Peta Smyth Antique Textiles, London, 13 July - 23rd July 2011.