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19th Century French Pictorial Paisley Shawl
This shawl, although not the classic complex swirling intertwined 'boteh' or paisley design typical of this mid-19th C. (1850-1880) period, being a pictorial makes it a bit more rare. The Chinoiserie theme of the stylized foliage, the pagoda, the elegant lady and exotic birds in a garden setting, the classical swags along the ends, the woven-ribbon look of the borders, all point to a French origin. The overall color palette is very soft and subdued. The otherwise vibrant colors of the yarn—blue, red, yellow with brown, black and white—are mixed into the pattern in such fine detail that they optically mix into a more subdued palette. The bright blue thread on the back is rather surprising because one hardly sees this color in the design on the front, as it is used in small areas as outlines and appears almost grey. This is an excellent example of the masterful use of color—the designer knowing that using grey would have created a dull overall look. Instead, using a vibrant blue in small areas gives the design a more vibrant quality. These shawls were worn folded in half and often had different colorways at each end for wearing versatility. In this shawl, one half has a predominantly red tone with the design mixed mainly with blue and red whereas the other end has an overall bluegreen cast being mainly mixed from the blue and yellow yarns. The design consists of repeated vignettes of the birds and lady. The white ribbon-like borders are mixed here and there with patches of yellow yarn to soften the linear quality of the high contrasting white, and are not stains as it may appear to be in the picture. The condition is excellent, with some loose edges and a few small holes in the center and one along each edge where the warp yarns are worn through, but the weft yarns are in tact, making the holes nearly invisible unless held up to the light.
Size: 61" by 120"

Item#: text023

Arts and Crafts Embroidered Pillow
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Early 20th Century Arts and Crafts Embroidered Pillow
This charming Arts and Crafts embroidered pillow is done with colors very close in value and hue. The color palette has mellowed beautifully with age, giving it a lovely authentic antique patina impossible to duplicate in a newly-made pillow. It is more a study of texture with color being very low contrast. This is nice as the pillow design blends in well with most decor. The background color is a muted gold ochre and the embroidery thread ranges in color from a yellow ochre and muted copper, brass and bronze colors. It appears to have been an emroidery kit as do-it-yourself emroidery and such was very popular at the turn of the 19th century. Embroidered with silk thread on a sturdy rep weave fabric, the design has a rich silky sheen. The design is a classic Arts and Crafts pattern with the stylized foliage and floral motifs. The three large flowers and centers of the leaves are done in the French knot stitch, a larger version of the Chinese forbidden stitch. The stems and curves are done in the satin stitch. The pillow is edged with period fringed trim on both sides and stuffed with feathers. All elements of the pillow are original to the time period. Condition is excellent. Would look equally fabulous in it's intended period interior—softening the lines of that special brown or green leather upholstered Gustav Stickley setee or arm chair in front of the handpainted tile and brick fireplace next to the leaded glass window in the classic Midwest Arts & Crafts bungalow or in a contemporary artsy shabby shiek interior.Size is 18" by 22".

Item#: text024

1930's Art Deco Voided Velveet Pillow
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1930's Art Deco Voided Velvet Pillow
This unusual 20 inch round, likely one-of-a-kind Art Deco pillow came out of the same estate as the Arts and Crafts pillow. Made from a very interesting voided velvet fabric of a richly varied yet harmonious color palette, which has mellowed with time. You can see in the last picture how the colors have mellowed by pulling open the folds of the fabric to where the UV rays have not reached. In it's original condition, the pillow must have been quite brassy and garrish. In my opinion, time has improved it considerably, like a good bottle of wine! Piping around edge of pillow is made from the muted pink bristley velvet one often sees on upholstered sofas and chairs of the period. Fabric is gathered and fastened in the center with a 1 1/2 inch double-sided botton covered in the same fabric as the pillow. Seems to be stuffed with kapok or some such material, giving the pillow a weighty and substantial feel. Both sides have a slightly different range of colors, adding versatility in matching a color scheme. Colors are a lovely range of ochre, terra cotta pinks, sage, turquoise against black.

Item#: text025

19th C. Chinese Silk Embroidery
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19th C. Chinese Silk Embroidered Robe Fragment— Phoenix
This looks like fragments of a robe cuff. It is very finely embroidered—the stitched are barely visible with the naked eye and the gradations of the feathers are so smooth it appears almost to be painted. Each phoenix is slighly different, probably one male and the other female—one has a convex beak, the other is concave; one has a pointed top knotch, the other is rounded; the tails are different and each has very fine and interesting symbols on the wings, which don't really show up well in the photographs because of the tiny scale. Both have the symbol of the whirling log on each wing signifying these are celestial creatures, as this represents the big dipper rotating around the north star throughout the seasons, and thus symbolizes the Eternal Blue Sky. Embroidery is mounted with woven ribbon onto a salmon-colored background silk and framed with a black and gold brocade of a later period with an inner edge of sky blue— a typical format for these 19th C. Chinese robe fragments. Finished size is 9 3/4" by 13 1/2".

Item #: text026

Arts & Crafts/Prarie School Textile
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Early 20th C. Arts & Crafts/Prarie School Architecture Textile
This is an interesting cotton rep-weave (warp-faced) textile with the geometric design created from the patterning of two colors of warp-floats, cream and sage green. One of the characteristics of a rep weave is that it is finished on both sides and the colors are reversed from one side to the other, as shown in the last photo. The geometric design motifs are reminiscent of some of Frank Lloyd Wrights leaded glass window designs and of the Midwestern Prairie School Architecture decorative designs. This would place it around 1910 to 1914, when these architects were active. It was probably used as a doorway curtain or space divider. The warp thread is gathered into a decorative tasseled fringe at each end. Unfortunately, the tassels have been removed from one end, leaving the seven tassels on the other end in tact. Dimensions are 42" by 100" without the 7" fringe.


Item#: text027

Edwardian Floral Needlework Lace
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Edwardian Floral Needlework Lace
This charming piece of Edwardian needlework lace is an amazing piece of workmanship. The black netting is the finest I have seen for this type of work. The flowers and colors are absolutely lovely—vibrantly soft and so artistic. The design is a sophisticated contrast of the curved floral pattern against the geometric grid—like a floral vine climbing a trellis. The flowers are outlined in a metalic chainstiched thread which gives the piece some sparkle. Condition is excellent and edges are complete—uneveness in photo is from slight wrinkling from storage. Piece can be pressed carfully and it will lay perfectly flat and square. Could be framed, sewn into a garment, bag or pillow, or simply added to one's collection to admire. Size is: 6" x 9".

Item#: text502



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