A slip is an embroidered motif, often a flower with foliage or a fruit. They acquired their name from gardeners' slips or cuttings. To propagate a plant the gardener takes a stem cutting of the base with a diagonal heel, then pots 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 group of twelve embroidered motifs including pears, apples and ?, flowers including ranuculous, iris and ?, each on a short stem with leaves, embroidered in tent stitch using twisted silks in a variety of shades of yellow, apricot, ivory, green, brown, pink, blue.
Slips 9 - 12 cm.
The linen 50 x 45 cm wide
Very good condition. No fading. They have of course been re-applied to the natural linen ground with dark green silk. They could be removed and framed individually or framed as a whole. The top right hand side motif had come undone so we have put a few stitches to secure it.
Catalogue of English Domestic Embroidery John L Nevinson plate XXII and p 29.
Price: on request
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