Mind boggling embroidery, hand work so fine from the late 1700's to early 1800's created by ladies in France and England in silk thread on silk fabric. Exquisite delicate stitcheries done by wealthy young women to improve their skills, those that remain are rare treasures. The idyllic landscape was painted on silk and the fine embroidery 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 often tattered a bit over time, and that is the case with this one as you can see, on the top right corner, but this is considered minimal. In the original frame, with a wood backing. Protected under glass, it is exceptional and so decorative. Little pieces of historical art like this are scarce. The stitches in silk demonstrate the skill of the young woman who made this so long ago.