Hand-embroidered cutwork panel, c.1900
The exquisite cutwork panel of cotton batiste came from a wealthy New England estate. Everything in the collection was of exceptional quality. The pieces obviously belonged to a lady with an eye for design as well as the means to acquire fine textiles.
The panel, which has been in storage for many years, has darkened to pale beige. A good soaking would return it to white. I left it alone because I know that many of you will appreciate the antique finish.
The upper portion of the panel is embroidered with small floral sprigs. I love the unusual melons in the elaborate cutwork design in which are intimations of minarets and harems with the exotic enchantments of the East.
The condition is almost excellent. Near the bottom is one small mend in the cutwork. The mend is not obvious and does not spoil the appearance.
It measures 41" long by 37" wide. The cutwork design is 29" long.