English Embroideries (paperback)

English Embroideries (paperback)

English Embroideries (paperback)

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9781854441928
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      • Product Description: This handbook explores the Ashmolean Museum's collection of English 17th-century embroideries, and will appeal to all those interested in the life of 17th century women, as well as to textile and embroidery specialists. These intriguing pieces, often made by affluent schoolgirls, include pictorial panels and an elaborate box showing bible stories as well as costume accessories and fanciful items such as a frog-shaped purse. The introductory essay explores how the miniature world of kings and queens, biblical and classical heroes, courtiers and shepherdesses, set in landscapes with lovingly depicted animals and flowers, connects with the turbulent events of the seventeenth century. Detailed photographs reveal the fine stitches and imaginative raised work embroidery techniques, as well as the lavish use of metal threads and semi-precious stones.
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