A Georgian Silkwork depicting a serene rural landscape within a gilded gesso frame. Mind boggling embroidery, hand work so fine from the 1700's, these exquisite stitcheries were made by wealthy young women to improve their skills, those that remain are rare treasures. The idyllic landscape was first painted on silk and then embroidered with single threads of silk. This portrays a country scene, a small cottage along the riverbanks, with lush trees and a bridge to cross to the other side.
The skill required is outstanding to the point that the embroiderer was able to achieve the effect of shading by varying the sizes of her stitches giving the work the look of a grisaille painting. The silk is slightly tattered on the top right corner, this is considered minimal. Protected under glass, it is exceptional and so decorative. Little pieces of historical art like this are scarce.