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On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 58

Basket

1659 (dated)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Object Type
Examples of beadwork that can be associated with makers whose names and dates are known suggest that they were usually made by teenage girls from affluent families. Their function is uncertain. They may have been used as layette baskets, which held baby clothes, because they are similar in form to silver examples. But it has also been suggested that they were made to celebrate betrothals or used at wedding ceremonies to hold gloves, sprigs of rosemary or other favours given to guests. Most examples depict a couple as the central motif. All of the design elements may be found in silk embroidery on domestic furnishings of the period.

Materials & Making
The basket is made from glass beads strung on linen thread and fine wire, supported on a wire frame lined with silk. Beadwork keeps true, clear colours, an advantage over coloured silks and wools, the usual materials for embroidery. A beaded cushion in the V&A dated 1657 bears the inscription 'natvrs flowers soon doe fade ful long we last cavse art vs made'.

Ownership & Use
Another beaded basket of identical design exists, with only the name and date different. This suggests that it may have been worked from a type of kit, or possibly made to commission as a gift, with the recipient's name added.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Glass beads on linen thread and fine wire, lined with silk
Brief Description
beadwork, 1659, English; Signed Sarah Gurnall
Physical Description
The heads of the man and woman were originally painted and embrodered.
Dimensions
  • Height: 11cm
  • Width: 46.5cm
  • Depth: 36cm
Dimensions checked: Measured; 15/06/2000 by kb see diagram; KB did not check display height
Marks and Inscriptions
set with the maker or recipient's name : sarah gvrnall avgvst 24 anno 1659
Gallery Label
British Galleries: Decorated baskets were often given as christening presents or as wedding presents. Most surviving baskets depict a couple, sometimes a king and queen, or Adam and Eve. They were made by women and teenage girls at home and demonstrate great needleworking skill.(27/03/2003)
Credit line
Given by Brigadier W. E. Clark CMG, DSO through Art Fund
Summary
Object Type
Examples of beadwork that can be associated with makers whose names and dates are known suggest that they were usually made by teenage girls from affluent families. Their function is uncertain. They may have been used as layette baskets, which held baby clothes, because they are similar in form to silver examples. But it has also been suggested that they were made to celebrate betrothals or used at wedding ceremonies to hold gloves, sprigs of rosemary or other favours given to guests. Most examples depict a couple as the central motif. All of the design elements may be found in silk embroidery on domestic furnishings of the period.

Materials & Making
The basket is made from glass beads strung on linen thread and fine wire, supported on a wire frame lined with silk. Beadwork keeps true, clear colours, an advantage over coloured silks and wools, the usual materials for embroidery. A beaded cushion in the V&A dated 1657 bears the inscription 'natvrs flowers soon doe fade ful long we last cavse art vs made'.

Ownership & Use
Another beaded basket of identical design exists, with only the name and date different. This suggests that it may have been worked from a type of kit, or possibly made to commission as a gift, with the recipient's name added.
Bibliographic Reference
John Lea Nevinson, Catalogue of English Domestic Embroidery of the Sixteenth & Seventeenth Centuries, Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Textiles, London: HMSO, 1938, p.57
Collection
Accession Number
T.69-1936

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record createdMarch 27, 2003
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