SHEPHERDESS Stumpwork Applique Silk Embroidery
One-of-a-kind stumpwork treasure from the early 19th century, depicting a shepherdess and child, in a landscape with coastal view. The figures are seated on a small hillside with sheep, trees, and foliage. Ground landscape is painted and embroidered with silk thread. Side of box is decorated with gold metallic and linen passementerie trim. Possibly a letter box, the interior is lined with a floral motif block printed cotton. The bottom is a habotai weight shot silk that appears hand painted.
Acquired from Rosemary Cornelius (Glastonbury, CT) in 1990, Rosemary was past National president of the Embroiders Guild of America and past president of the Connecticut River Valley Chapter of the E.G.A. The piece is attributed to the New London county area of CT.
7" x 4.5" x 1.25"
Spot in upper blue ground. Wear to corners and edges, especially on bottom. Not sure if the shepherdess is holding wool, or the filling has come out of her hand. Slight buckle to front right top. Have provided wood block on inside to keep it lifted. Compare last two photos to see difference. Missing drawer pull.