Saturday 21 September 2013

Textiles and Intriguing Chairs For Auction @ Christies * 1 October 2013

There are some interesting lots at this forthcoming auction - and not all of them are textiles - there is a surprise later on. But first there is Lot 19 which has an estimate of £2,000 - £3,000

A It is a Charles II needlework picture circa 1660 decorated with two figures in a pastoral landscape with figures in farming and country pursuits and a house with silver coloured windows in the background. On the reverse is a long pencil inscription dated 1894 relating to the panel's origin at Sanderstead, near Croydon. The figure in the tree at top right might be loosely ascribed to Charles II in the Boscobel Oak, but this is a fruit tree and the figure appears to be picking fruit.

Lot 23 has an estimate of £4,000 - £6,000.

A It is a Charles II raised-work picture allegory of Music circa 1660. It is described as a silk embroidered panel of a woman playing a lute, with a house, a lion and leopard and decorated with raised work flowering plants and insects and with late 19th century additions of coral and glass jewels to base.

Lot 24 has an estimate of £800 - £1,200.

A This Charles II silk embroidered and raised-work picture circa 1660 is worked with Biblical scenes including Isaac and Abraham, Hagar and Ishmael, trees, plants, animals and birds, in a later card mount and frame.

Lot 25 has an estimate of £1,000 - £2,000.

A This is a Charles II silk and raised-work picture of circa 1660 with reapplied slips of two figures, animals, birds, plants and trees with a variety of insects. I think it is interesting in that it does not follow the usual deployment of  motifs with the lion and leopard at the base and the birds at the lateral mid-points. It is in later simulated tortoiseshell and gilt frame

Lot 35 is from the collection of Colonel Richard Broad and comes with an estimate of £5,000 - £8,000

It is described as a set of 8 oak-framed and leather-upholstered chairs of the late 19th early 20th century of 17th century style each painted with naive scenes of figures, castles, animals and flowers, each chair with a different combination of images, the backs also decorated.

I think these are intriguing as they are obviously painted to appear like applied work Stuart panels, such as those you have seen above.

All the backs and seats appear to have a different panel and it is quite frustrating not to see them all. Were they copied from existing known panels or were they simply fabricated along the line of conjectured embroideries - I would love to know more if anyone can tell me.

Lot 237  has an estimate of £1,000 - £1,500

A It is a George III silkwork embroidered map of the world circa 1800 Entitled 'THE WORLD with all the Modern DISCOVERIES' surrounded by leaf and flower sprays with ribbons.

It is always interesting to see what the southern hemisphere map contains and I'm sure Vivien Caughley will have some thoughts on it.

Last but certainly not least, though without detail images is Lot 185 below, with an estimate of £1,500 - £2,000. it is a Castello Branco silk embroidered coverlet circa 1800. It is a joined linen panel embroidered in floss silks with cartouches of exotic birds and flowering vines and tendrils withing matching border.

For more details of this sale at Christies click here.

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