An early 18th century embroidered silk dress or apron panel
I have chosen to share this textile today as a contrast with the grim, grey & grizzly weather today here in East Sussex. It is an early 18th century embroidered silk panel, possibly from a high-class dress or decorative apron. It is so pretty, the colours are luscious, the embroidery so delicate and evocative of Summer. I have included a photograph of a similar embroidered panel (the last photo) taken from the V&A book: Embroidery in Britain from 1200-1750. This example is a heavier curtain panel, more of a furnishing weight than the delicate panel here, but I couldn't find the reference photo that I was looking for!
I am an obsessive textile addict, funding my 'habit' by unwillingly selling some of the beautiful antique and vintage textiles that I come across. As well as private sales, you can find me on ebay under the name vanye90, or see my ebay shop, Morgaine Le Fay Antique Textiles. A web site may be on the cards soon...
I sell mostly French textiles, but also come across English and European pieces from time to time. I enjoy ferreting out all sorts of interesting items, for example, 19th century French cottons & linens, huge chateau curtains, 18th century silks and embroideries, 16th and 17th century lace (occaisionally, when I can bear to part with them), fine linens, haberdashery as well as unused and pre-used antique and vintage fabrics such as florals, tickings, hemp runners, silks etc for projects such as cushions or pillows, framing, drapes, whatever your imagination can think of!
My new blog, Interesting Antique Textiles will discuss some of my more obscure, strange and often quite damaged textile finds with the hope that people may want to join in the discussions, and make some suggestions about the pieces based on their own experiences and textile knowledge!