Plenty of tempting textiles which make unusual Christmas presents will be included on the site next week.
We have three Morris & Company embroideries included in the Arts & Crafts - Morris & Co section. Two are included in mahogany fire screens also manufactured by the firm. The embroideries would have been purchased in kit form and on completion the embroideries would have been returned to the workshop where they would have been assembled into the frames. The third piece is an embroidered picture. There is also a small piece of red Tulip and Rose triple cloth which would look good mounted and hung.
An 18th century polonaise dress, almost certainly of Spitalfieds silk brocade can be found in Costume - 18th century as well as a long finely embroidered whitework apron which could be worn with the dress. English Costume 1800-1837 includes a very fine muslin dress with appliqué hem, a silk pelisse, which is in poor condition but would be good to copy and the sweetest pair of embroidered baby shoes. A gentleman’s silk scarf hand block printed in West Bengal, India for the Western market and similar to one in the V & A's Fabric of India exhibition Costume 1837-1901
A marvellous 18th century embroidered length worked in tent stitch with a variety of fruits including pomegranates, peaches and flowers would make a fantastic present English Textiles - Embroidered. There are other small embroidered and quilted pieces which would look good framed. A doll’s Dutch hexagonal patchwork coverlet can be found in English Textiles - Printed. Hand and resist block prints have been used as well and one piece of rare Indian chintz.
For those of you who have seen The Fabric of India exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum and longed for even a small piece of one of the embroideries, here’s your chance. Some very fine embroidered fragments are to be found in Worldwide Textiles.