of Antique embroidered Face Screens depicting birds The birds are in 3d.
embroidered on mesh, a pair of birds one stretching its wings, the other
sitting contented. They are both perched on a winding branch of leaves and
The embroidery is slightly raised
from the flora. The birds are very skillfully
plumped, the centre of the body very rounded, gradually flattened for the feet
and adjusted for the feathers: 3d Embroidery!
The embroiderer was indeed a talented person
both in the execution and design. Although somewhat faded, the subtle
combination of colours shows a true gift.
Embroidery was one of the few arts
in which women were allowed to excel, and what better way to show one’s skill
than in a personal accessory like a face screen.
handles are exquisitely and ornamentally turned in ivory.
The turning is extremely fine.
harmonises well with the
delicate nature of the screens.
They are a delight to behold and photograph.
UK ; Circa: 1820; Materials: silk and ivory .
Size: Screen 20
wide by 21.5 cm; handle 17.5 cm long: 8 inches wide by 8.2 inches;
handle 6.9 inches.
refer to the above photographs for details of condition. Two breaks on
one handle secured by internal pin.
some wear, water staining