Beadwork Picture,

Beadwork Picture,

France, circa 1830

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sight size: 8¼” x 10” • framed size: 12½” x 14¼” • price: $1200 $900

Beginning in the 17th-century needleworkers have incorporated minute glass beads into their samplers and embroidered pictures, however, it is far more common to find beads used to highlight an area than to create the entire image. Thousands of tiny richly colored glass beads were individually sewn to the background fabric to form this handsome bucolic scene. The subtle shading of the beads provides a wonderfully lush quality and the effect is quite charming.

The scene consists of an impressively depicted stone farmhouse with a thatched roof what looks like a church sitting behind it. A man sits at a raised flowerbed and the trees are quite lovely, adding much to the composition. Notably, the use of azure blue beads pops brilliantly amongst the shades of green and brown.

An excellent, stylized border was fully worked in beads, as well, to frame the picture; and the piece itself remains in its original, very fine and elegant patterned gold leaf frame. The work is in very good condition with some very minor loss to the beads at the left edge. 

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