Superlative Irish Whitework decorative Nightdress Case, hand embroidered by a talented 1800's needlewoman, this is surely a work of art. Quite rare to find an early to mid 19th century work of embroidery in this amazing high quality and fine condition, the all over floral pattern features dimensional wild clematis flowers, vines, and beautiful leaves. Mountmellick style embroidery is a true Irish art form, with designs originally inspired by plants growing along the local Owenass River bank.
The case is meant to hold a nightgown during the day, but it would make an exceptional pillow with a small decorative pillow inside, the case is bordered with hand tied fringe on all 4 sides. An amazing luxury addition to your collection of rare early whitework, folk art, and needlecraft. Absolutely stunning to use as an accent pillow on your French settee, on your bed, for romantic and feminine, personal decorating. Of note: two areas of discoloration on the fringe, and some small areas of soiling on inside of the pillow where it will not show. May soak out. Measures: 20" x 15~1/2".