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Hand Painted Silk by Pheobe Holmes

These delightful pieces of rare hand painted silk are signed painted by Pheobe Holmes.  Pheobe was a talented artist and I think this might have been for Pheobe's wedding dress. The myrtle flower is often used for weddings and symbolises hope and love. My other guess is that she was from Wales. The Welsh for leek (the original national emblem) is Cenhinen, while the Welsh for daffodil is Cenhinen Pedr. Over the years they became confused until the daffodil was adopted as a second emblem of Wales.

The silks were owned by Patsy Flippance of Caterham, Surrey.  Her neighbours were two elderly unmarried sisters, Gertrude and Mary Barnes who lived next door. When Gertrude died, the vendor's mother, Patsy, helped Mary sort her house in preparation to going into a home. She was given these pieces of painted silk.

I am prepared to split these up.


The ivory silk taffetta hand painted with large ribbon swags in blue green, entwined with a variety of naturalistic flowers including roses, daffodils, primula, morning glory and myrtle, with similar but larger specimens scattered on the ground between the swags.

Length 40 in; 1 m

Width 42 in;1.7 m maximum

Width of silk 23 1/2 in; 60 cm


You will see there is staining, blackish markings. The edges have some holes. They both have splits to the top of the panels. Ask for more photos if you cannot see.

Price: £550 | $700 | €590

Reduced to: £450 / $570

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