Eye-catching Antique European Embroidery– Embroidery was once the hobby of the elite. Young women were expected to attain a certain level of skill to be considered worthy mates. This was especially the case in elite social circles. This piece of antique European embroidery is an excellent example of the work of someone of a high level of skill. It features goldwork and was done on a velvet background, indicating that it was made for a member of elite society or special purpose.
This piece is a pendant shape and might have been used as a banner behind a throne or in a place of worship. The piece in the center pictures a biblical scene, which suggests that it was more than likely a decoration in a church. The stitching is fine and reflects the reverence that went into this piece. The colors are gorgeous and give it a refined character.
The materials used to create this piece also give us clues to its intent and purpose. For the collector of historical textiles or religious pieces, this is an excellent find. It would also make a beautiful piece for framing as a piece of art. It will give a formal feel to any space where you decide to use it and would make an excellent addition to a room of antiquities. If you would like to explore this piece further, please feel free to contact our team, and we will be happy to assist you in any way possible.