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Box panel

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    circa 1650-1675 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Satin embroidered with silks

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This embroidered silk panel is not complete, but it was probably intended when finished for one of the sides of a wooden casket. Such panels would have been worked by a young girl, of about the age of 11 or 12, as the culmination of her needlework education, which would have begun with samplers, and the decoration of small objects like pin cushions. She would embroider a series of small panels drawn or printed with pictorial scenes, which would then be sent to a cabinet maker to be made up into a casket, the edges bound with braid. The caskets were fitted with a variety of drawers and compartments, suitable for keeping jewellery, writing equipment and letters, needlework tools, tiny toys or keepsakes. They often had one or two secret drawers, for their young owners' most precious or private possessions.

Physical description

Unfinished embroidered box panel showing a male and a female shepherd in a bucolic landscape. The lady is surrounded by large flowers and ladybirds. The man, in a separate panel, is seated on a rock, his sheep to the bottom-left of the image. Behind him can be seen the image of a grand house. In a border above the shepherds a dog chases a rabbit through strawberries and flowers.

Place of Origin

England (made)


circa 1650-1675 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Satin embroidered with silks


Height: 17.2 cm, Width: 32.8 cm


Silk thread; Satin


Embroidery; Drawing

Subjects depicted

Rabbits; Flowers; Shepherds; Sheep; Ladybirds; Buildings; Strawberries; Dogs


Textiles; Embroidery; Children & Childhood; Containers; Woodwork; Household objects


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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