Bargello Panel 1740
18th Century English Samplers
OPTICAL DESIGN BARGELLO PANEL, circa 1740
When we acquired the original needlework panel from which this was reproduced it was framed in an early to mid 18th century Hogarth style frame and was mounted over its original hand planed wooden backing. We dated it to around 1740, and speculate its function might have been as an upholsterer’s sample, or perhaps it was designed to adorn the back side of a hand held or tabletop firescreen, or mirror. It was in an amazingly fine state of preservation and the colors reproduced here were taken exactly from the front of the antique panel. The design seems curiously modern. The only stitch required is Irish (florentine, or bargello) stitch. We have made our panel into a cushion but it lends itself to many different decorative uses. On 30 count linen the finished piece, like the original, will measure approximately 10″ x 13″.
Silk Floss, Cotton Floss, Graph Only, Finished Model