Hibiscus <slip</>
Hibiscus <slip</>
Hibiscus <slip</>
Hibiscus <slip</>

Hibiscus
c 1600 Stuart Period

A very nice example which would make a suitable present for an embroiderer or gardener.

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.

Description

Two hibiscus flowers, a bud and two leaves on a stem, a slanted base, all in rust, pink, dark and lighter green and blue wools worked in tent stitch, on dark green wool, outlined and couched with yellow wool, black wool backing.

5 1/2 x 4 1/2 in; 14 x 12 cm
 

Condition

Very good. The colours have probably faded a little, but they are still good and strong.

Comments

Read my ARTICLE on Slips

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

Price: on request

Ref N°: 8494

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