The beadwork and stumpwork on silk, depicting two ladies
(or lady and her daughter) in a garden setting,
each with un-spun silk curls and carved and painted wooden arms :
the standing lady in a raised and stuffed blue striped dress having beneath an ivory petticoat
beaded with scattered blue daisies, also draped in a yellow, pale green and iron red striped shawl;
the seated figure in a multi-color striped dress, a blue shawl in her lap, also well stuffed from beneath;
both below a beaded blue sky and shining sun, and amongst flowers, birds,
and grey- and brown-barked trees,
all before a raised and stuffed rock-edged pond centering a grey fish,
to the left side of the image, a small caterpillar, and a small snail;
possibly made as a cover for a shallow mirror case
A Charles II beadwork basket centering a lady with almost identical dress and shawl and before a pond,
is in the collection of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Its description notes :
"The arm 'stumps' gave rise to the popular modern name for this technique : stumpwork.
The picture was given dimension by sewing some of the beaded motifs onto separate pieces of linen canvas,
then stitching those pieces onto the silk ground and stuffing with cotton batting."
(This batting could also consist of wool, silk, or hair).
Condition : Quite good for age with some silk degradation and minor loss of glass beading;
the beading hand cleaned by blower only, the silk left as is, with age toning and residual soil;
each lady with an apparent loss of one loosely attached (top only) wooden arm,
as well as silk erosion to the high points of features; the seated lady with probable loss of lower hair locks
(Ebonized 17th Century Style Dutch Ripple Carved Frame on order, shown below)
Image Size : 9" x 10.25"
(The image above shown same size at 10.25" wide)