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Firescreen panel

Firescreen panel

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1850s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Berlin woolwork, worked in cross stitch and plush stitch

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Brigadier W.E.Clark CMG, DSO through Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Berlin woolwork, called this because the first printed patterns and dyed wools came from Berlin (1804 onwards), was the most popular embroidery technique used in Britain between 1830 and the 1870s. Patterns were sold individually or as kits with the required wools. It has been estimated that 14,000 different designs were available in 1847.

In this example, the sense of realism has been heightened by the use of plush stitch for the plumage of the sulphur-crested cockatoo, a bird from Australia. The background remains unworked.

Physical description

Firescreen panel of light brown linen canvas, embroidered with Berlin woolwork and some silk in cross and plush stitch. The embroidery image is a cockatoo perching atop a tipped basket with flowers spilling out. In the background are garden statuary and trees. The remaining ground is left unworked.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1850s (made)



Materials and Techniques

Berlin woolwork, worked in cross stitch and plush stitch


Length: 91 cm, Width: 81 cm

Descriptive line

Embroidered fire screen panel, England, 1850s. Designed with a cockatoo, and an upturned basket with flowers.



Subjects depicted

Cockatoo; Urn; Flowers


Textiles; Embroidery; Interiors; Household objects


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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