Early 20th c

Yes, I know Hungary is in Europe but it is more appropriate to put folk art into this category. I am sure this is a textile for use in the home rather than a piece of costume. Probably for covering piles of cushions or bedding. The pomegranates are a symbol of fertility, so this is possible a dowry piece. Great design and vibrant colours. Would look very well hung on a stretcher or framed. Up to 12 years ago I often used to buy really nice Balkan embroideries, either costume or domestic pieces. Despite the opening up of this area these pieces do not seem available anymore. See: Laszlo, Emoke Hungarian Renaissance & Baroque Embroideries. The Collections of the Museum of Applied Art, Budapest 2002 See: Paine, Sheila Embroidered Textiles


Pillow Sham embroidered in bright wools in scarlet, pale blue, sage green, ochre and black on a natural linen ground, with a double design of vases of flowers and pomegranates with pairs of birds hovering in the branches, below a border of geometric shapes, the lower border with a flowerhead meander and a needlelace flounce, 2 ft; 60 cm x27 in; 69cm wide


Very good.

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