Berries <Slip</>

c 1600 Stuart Period

This slip is very finely embroidered and a delightful shape. A slip is an embroidered motif, often a plant or flower with foliage.  They acquired their name from gardeners' slips or cuttings. To propagate a plant the gardener takes a stem cutting the base with a diagonal heel, then potting up the cutting to form a new plant. These embroidered motifs were popular on bedhangings from the mid sixteenth to the mid seventeenth centuries. smaller motifs were used on boxes and mirror frames.


A branch containing six cherries or apples embroidered in wools in fine stitches in shades of terracotta, pink, beige, greens and blues, the stem cut on the slant, outlined in yellow wool , black wool backing.

5 1/2 x 5 1/4 in; 14 x 13 cm


Very good condition. This is just laying on a piece of dark velvet. It could be stitched to a natural linen, velvet etc.


Read my ARTICLE on Slips

The Victoria & Albert Museums's Textile Collection. Embroidery in Britain 1200-1750  p 54 & 55 for similar slips.

Price: £400 | $490 | €460

Ref N°: 8498

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