2 rare and beautiful framed hand made beaded embroidery lady portrait panels using needlework, needlepoint and petite point. Glass beads adorn both pieces as accents and added depth and design. Professionally double framed (embroidery does not on the glass) with black and gold gilt on black matte. The embroidery is much older than the frames, and I'd be guessing the age because I've not taken them out but put them from late 1800's to maybe late 1910's. Extraordinary skill and design shown.
CONDITION: Excellent antique condition and have been professionally framed. I have not taken them out of the frames, which are also in excellent condition so I can't say how they are attached, and I can't count every bead but they all look in-place and intact. The black matte may have some discoloration but can only be duplicated when moved around in the light. The edges have some small signs of fraying most likely when they were cut from the larger embroidery panel.
SIZE: Overall with frame 17 inches high x 14 inches wide - the beaded embroidery are each 8 3/4 high x 6 1/2 inches wide
NEEDLEPOINT and PETIT POINT: Needlepoint and it’s smaller-stitched cousin, petit point, are both worked on a canvas or cloth backing, as opposed to tapestry, in which the stitches themselves create the fabric. The images are created by tiny stitches and intricate coloring, and jeweled and enameled frames often add to the design. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, ladies "fancy work" included the making of needlepoint and beaded bags, and illustrations and directions could be found in ladies magazines of the time. These bags were also imported from Europe, especially Austria."
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