These sweet birds are from 1600 - 1650 period. A slip is an embroidered motif, which can be a plant or flower with foliage, They acquired their name from gardeners' slips or cuttings. To propagate a plant the gardener takes a cutting with a diagonal heel, potting up the cutting to form a new plant. Animals and birds were also embroidered in this techncique. 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. I can sell these seperately. I would suggest these are from a large picture.
Each with wings tucked in, embroidered in red, green, blue, beige coloured wools in cross stitch, outlined in yellow couched silk, black wool backing.
1 1/2 x 3 1/4 in; 4 x 8 cm - £ 200 each
Both have their legs missing. I could get a clever embroideress I know to recreate these and stitch them to a backing fabric. I have photographed them on an old piece of linen.
See my ARTICLE on Slips
The Victoria & Albert Museums's Textile Collection. Embroidery in Britain 1200-1750 p 54 & 55 for similar slips.
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