English Embroideries of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries in the Collection of the Ashmolean Museum

by Mary M. Brooks

English Embroideries of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

This handbook explores the Ashmolean Museum's collection of English 17th century embroideries. These intriguing pieces, often made by affluent school girls, include pictorial panels, of stumpwork and tent stitch, an elaborate casket depicting biblical stories as well as costume, accessories and fanciful items such as a frog shaped purse. The introductory essay explores how the miniature world of kings and queens, biblical and classical heroes, courtiers and shepherdesses, set in landscapes with lovingly depicted animals and flowers, connects with the turbulent events of the 17th century. Detailed photographs reveal the fine stitches and imaginative raised work embroidery techniques as well as he lavish use of metal threads and semi-precious stones. This book will appeal to all those interested in the life of 17th century women as well as to textile and embroidery specialists.

Paper, 96 pages

Price: $18.95