Circa 1650-1660




The oval needlework probably originally made originally for a cover to a jewelry casket or other precious cabinet,

depicting a lady in Elizabethan dress* composed of gilt metal threads,

silk embroidery, pearls, and beads of various thicknesses and colors, worked on a silk base;

her face and hair in raised stumpwork, her form stuffed with most likely hair or other suitable soft material,

 her neck with a pearl necklace, her white bodice and "over-dress" completely beaded with an ornate floral design,

all surrounded by amethyst and plum glass beaded curtains with dangling tassels above,

 within a fully beaded mounded oval frame primarily of  topaz colored Murano Venetian glass seed beads

 mounted on a later rectangular satin foundation;

housed in a custom simulated tortoiseshell & giltwood frame beneath Museum Plexiglas


Condition : Excellent for age with little fading, the beadwork retaining vibrant coloration;
the delineation is very well done, as many facial representations of this period are quite crudely embroidered


* The floral design and style of this dress (with the diagonal shoulder slits showing a slip below),

was popular during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603)


The Oval : 6.75" High x 8.5" Wide






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Magnified Image :


17th Century Stumpwork & Beadwork Portrait of a Lady, Magnified Image


This example would likely have been the center of a jewelry casket,

 as pictured below from the collection at the V&A, London.

"The padded central panel lifts open to show a compartment for jewellery, lined with pink taffeta. 

The quality of glass beads and other material,

and the involvement of a cabinet-maker in making the beadwork up into such a box,

would mean that it could only be made within a household which could afford such outlay. 

Being such an intricate and relatively precious thing, the case's owner....

 would have handled it very gently, thus it remains in good condition today."

(V&A, British Galleries, Room 56d, Case 6)

  17th Century Beadwork Jewel Casket, collection of the V&A  


Housed in a custom simulated tortoiseshell & giltwood shadowbox frame beneath Museum Plexiglas


  17th Century Beadwork & Stumpwork Portrait of a Lady, Framed  


Framed Size - 11" High x 14.25" Wide


During the mid-17th century, beadwork was introduced into British embroidered pictures,

either as an enhancement to the silk embroidery, or standing on its own -

Although beadwork was revived in England during the 19th century,

the skill is now becoming a "lost art".


An additional beauty of antique beading is it ability to retain its rich colors,

 so that the beading appears today as when first made -

whilst the surrounding silk may have experienced fading and losses.




Also See :



Charles II Biblical Stumpwork & Needlework on Silk

Housed in a Baroque Carved Wooden Frame with Early Glass

England, c17th Century



18th Century English Petit Point & Needlework Panel

26.25" x 21.75"


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 17th Century British Stumpwork & Beadwork Portrait of a Lady