Wow - the work is Glorious, with so much detail. This wonderful piece of history is in colours of pinks, dark gold and pale golds, there are lager mixed bouquets, and also what looks like a Fleur-de-lis in pale gold with lots of flowers surrounding it. There is also tiny little flowers including; pale blue forget-me-nots, purple toned Violets, and tiny pink flowers - the more you look the more there is : There is decorative swirls in a pale egg-shell blue around the edge, all this with wonderful needle-lace inserts, that are also surrounded by decorative displays of egg-shell blue : Heavily and skilfully hand embroidered using tight neat stitches with lots of shading, on a light cream quality linen, with a small Ivory picot hand crochet edge - just Exquisite.See all photos - business card is a reference to size. Excellent Vintage Condition - I can see no damage to the magnificent hand embroidery, there are a few faint marks hidden around the edge, one pin dot spot to the middle, and a faint water mark.
Two needle-lace inserts have one broken bride - but everything else is intact : I have not washed this outstanding piece - any marks are hardly visible and is part of its history. Note; "The silk thread used to embroider these linens was marketed as colour-fast, but great care should be taken in washing these delicate linens". Amazing condition considering it's age - possibility over 100 years old!
Measurements; 76.5cm x 78cm or 30 x 30.5 inches. Information I have put together on Society silk. Society Silk Embroidery 1876 -1930. This style of embroidery (also called Art Embroidery, Silk Art Embroidery, Needle painting, and Silk Work) started in England at the end of the 19th century at the Kensington School and was displayed at the 1876 Centennial. However, it was taken up with huge enthusiasm in America, and soon became a uniquely American phenomenon from 1888 to 1930.
Society silk embroidery developed as a hobby, almost an art-form, in the late 1900's. The name of Royal Society came from the Victorian Era. Silk thread and fine linen were costly and only the wealthy could afford these, the wealthy ladies of that time did fabulous hand work as many did - its name derived from its favour among "Society" ladies. The silk thread was available in hundreds of colours to allow subtle shading on petals and leaves, and in different thicknesses.
Society silk pieces are usually worked with glowing, single-thread silk flosses, usually soft pastel colours. The style is characterized by highly detailed, finely shaded; botanically correct Floralas with foliage, sometimes fruits, even occasionally vegetables, and less commonly, abstract geometric forms. Since it spanned the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau movements, elements of both those styles are often seen in the patterns. Art nouveau combined flowing ribbons and naturalistic themes. Roses, violets, carnations and foliage were popular.
Exceptions to the "soft and subtle" rule are the bright red strawberries or holly pieces that occasionally appear. Although many stitches were used, the most characteristic was a completely filled-in version of the Kensington or long-and-short stitch, which allowed gradual colour shading for extraordinarily realistic effects.
Edges are sometimes finished with drawn-thread hemstitch or fringed, but are most often buttonhole-stitched scallops with ecru silk floss. The silk embroidery may be enhanced by geometric drawn-thread lace patterns, Cluny lace borders, a center insertion of figural filet lace - almost any combination of handwork. Doilies are most commonly found, but just about any linen could be embroidered in the style, table linens such as tablecloths, napkins, and runners. Many can be found today, a hundred years later, having never been used, only painstakingly completed and carefully stored.
Pressed and ready to use. Keep watching as I will be listing lots more Vintage Linen and treasures in the days/weeks to come. Most items are I sell are used, second-hand, antique or vintage.
I'm not an expert, but every effort is made to describe items accurately. I'm happy to answer any questions. Please look at the photos carefully as they form part of my description. Sorry if this sounds harsh but it is true!
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I will always try to get back to you asap but I do work and have a family, so please be patient Also the different time zones don't help. "I find these gorgeous'Vintage Linen Treasures', and bring them'Back to Life' just for you". Embroidery work is such a lost art it is not as common as it was in our Grandmothers days, and to the standard they were taught as part of'getting ready to run their own homes'. I think about the person who has spent so many hours making such beautiful creations it truly is a lost art. These gorgeous'Linen Treasures' are getting very hard to find!
So I gather them to offer to you : They are washed and lightly pressed, ready to use in your home, gift or your own collection. The item "Exquisite Antique'Society Silk' Hand Embroidered linen large Centre 30 Dia" is in sale since Tuesday, November 13, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Textiles, Linens\Embroidery". The seller is "blue_wren_cottage" and is located in Gippsland, Victoria.
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