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Panel

  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1720-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered in tent stitch in wool and silk on linen canvas

  • Museum number:

    T.132-2012

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This needlework panel with designs of chinoiserie and turquerie is only partially worked, and can possibly be interpreted as a ‘kit’, started professionally, with the difficult parts (faces and hands) completed, so that the (amateur) purchaser would then work the rest.

The mixture of Chinese and Turkish ornament is typical of the random juxtaposition of such elements in European decorative art in the early 18th century, but may have been particularly influenced by the arrival at the French court in 1721 of the first ambassador from the Ottoman Empire to be received there, and the consequent enthusiasm in France for what was perceived as Turkish style. Turquerie began to appear not only in fashion, interiors and painting but also entered the realms of literature, theatre and opera. Despite never having visited the Levant, artists like Carle Van Loo made a speciality of representing interiors with western women depicted as sultanas at their toilette, and often at their looms or embroidery frames. This woman has the coiffed and powdered hair, and pale complexion, of a European beauty in fancy dress.

Physical description

Panel of linen canvas with a chinoiserie design drawn in ink, of a seated woman in pseudo-Turkish dress, with a child holding a parasol over her. The canvas has been partly worked in tent stitch in silks and wools.

Place of Origin

France (probably, made)

Date

1720-1750 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered in tent stitch in wool and silk on linen canvas

Dimensions

height: 42 cm, width: 33 cm

Historical context note

This needlework panel is only partially worked, and can possibly be interpreted as a ‘kit’, started professionally, with the difficult parts (faces and hands) completed, so that the (amateur) purchaser would then work the rest.

Descriptive line

Unfinished panel of needlework, partially embroidered with wool and silk threads, in tent stitch, on linen canvas, France (probably), ca.1720-50

Production Note

This needlework panel is only partially worked, and can possibly be interpreted as a ‘kit’, started professionally, with the difficult parts (faces and hands) completed, so that the (amateur) purchaser would then work the rest.

Materials

Canvas; Ink; Wool; Silk

Techniques

Tent stitch; Needlework; Weaving

Subjects depicted

Chinoiserie; Parasol; Woman; Child; Parasol; Fantasy; Jar; Servant

Categories

Embroidery; Textiles

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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