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Slips

ca. 1600 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Slips were small, usually floral motifs drawn onto canvas, then embroidered and cut out. They would be applied to a rich backing fabric such as velvet or satin. They were used in various types of furnishing, particularly bed hangings. It was more manageable for the domestic embroiderer to work a small piece of canvas that could be held in the hand than to tackle a large embroidery in a single piece. It was also easier, if necessary, to detach the slips and reapply them to another backing. The flowers and fruit depicted on these slips are dogroses, pears, pansies, tulips, cherries, cornflowers, foxgloves, and honeysuckle.


object details
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Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 12 parts.

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Materials and Techniques
Linen canvas, embroidered with silks in tent stitch
Brief Description
embroidered canvas, English; Coloured silks
Physical Description
Embroidered slips
Dimensions
  • A length: 19.5cm
  • A width: 14cm
  • B length: 20.5cm
  • B width: 19cm
  • D length: 19.5cm
  • D width: 14.5cm
  • E length: 19cm
  • E width: 14.5cm
  • F length: 21.5cm
  • F width: 18.5cm
  • I length: 19cm
  • I width: 18cm
  • J width: 16cm
  • J length: 19cm
Subjects depicted
Summary
Slips were small, usually floral motifs drawn onto canvas, then embroidered and cut out. They would be applied to a rich backing fabric such as velvet or satin. They were used in various types of furnishing, particularly bed hangings. It was more manageable for the domestic embroiderer to work a small piece of canvas that could be held in the hand than to tackle a large embroidery in a single piece. It was also easier, if necessary, to detach the slips and reapply them to another backing. The flowers and fruit depicted on these slips are dogroses, pears, pansies, tulips, cherries, cornflowers, foxgloves, and honeysuckle.
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.748 to K-1925

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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