A needlework mirror with folding shutters
English, circa 1660
The ivory silk ground embroidered in coloured silks and metal thread with needlelace, raised, padded, purled and coiled work, the left shutter with a wild man wearing a skirt of flowers, a circlet of flowers in his hair, seated beneath a tree with a bow and arrow beside him, a spider hanging from a tree and a squirrel on a branch before him, the right shutter with a blackamoor woman standing beneath a tree and wearing a feather skirt, a seed pearl necklace and bracelets and smoking a pipe, a parrot on a branch before her, the border with a camel, a rose, a horse (unicorn), a carnation, a lion, a thistle, a leopard and an iris, having silver braid edge, lined and backed with salmon pink silk,
38 x 35cm (15 x 13¾in), set within a tortoiseshell and ebonised easel frame.
English Furniture and Works of Art
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