Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Elizabeth Nickholls' Casket - Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has its collection on-line and there are some wonderful samplers and quilts for you to enjoy there. I love caskets and have chosen this one worked by an English girl to show you. It was worked 1686 by Elizabeth Nickholls in silk floss on a silk satin ground. She has used laid and couched stitches as well as a silver gilt trim. The panels on this example portray the religious story of Esther, a Jewish heroine who saved her people from a Persian assault. The dimensions of the casket are: 10.5 x 7.5 x 10 inches (26.7 x 19.1 x 25.4 cm)and was a generous gift Elizabeth Albert in 1984. To see the casket and other treasures from the museum for yourself, simply click here.

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