Scissors or monocle case, two-sided, flat balloon-shape of strung glass beads (called sablé) held together with looping stitches. Pink silk lining. White ground with design identifying balloon with ascension of 21 November 1783 (Paris). Good condition, some paint on flowers at bottom.
Sablé patch box and lid (lid)
During the eighteenth century, it was the height of fashion for women, and some men, to wear small, dark patches of gummed taffeta on their face. These varied in design from simple spots, stars, and crescents to highly detailed representations of birds, insects, and flowers. Although some patches were used to cover blemishes and heighten the whiteness of the skin, others were worn to communicate tacit messages. The placement of patches could also be meaningful, indicating one's political…
Candle screen in two parts and case (case)
Hinged wood case covered with strung glass beads (called sablé) held together with looping stitches. Polychrome design on white ground of shepherdess with crook and dog on hind legs, standing piper and dog on hind legs in landscape, swags and cartouches above, flowers on top. Case contains cockade candle screen with green silk leaf with white paper binding, steel buttons and guards; steel handle with spring. Case lined with green paper; catch opening.
Elephants in 17th century embroidery
Lot 384 Bonhams January 2014 The Oak Interiors This embroidery at Bonhams latest auction made me stop as I thought immediately 'I've seen this before!'. Well I kinda had, but not exactly. There is a piece at the Burrell that is very similar to this and obviously related by teacher or workshop. The piece at the Burrell also has this fun stuffed elephant as well. The item can be seen here and magnified. It is a neat mix of counted embroidery, lots of queen stitch as well as slips and…