A mid 17th century beadwork basket

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Lot 394
A mid 17th century beadwork basket

Sold for £ 17,500 (US$ 21,246) inc. premium

The Oak Interior

24 Apr 2013, 10:00 BST

Chester

A mid 17th century beadwork basket
Of tray form, with a shaped handle to each side; the trellis base featuring an aristocratic couple, their hands and faces worked in silk tent stitch, below a turreted castle and the initials 'EP', 'MP' and 'AP'; the canted sides featuring a lion, leopard, camel and stag, as well as flowering and fruiting plants, including acorns, blackberries and lemons,
37cm long, 46cm wide, 10.5cm high.

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Inherited by direct decent from the original owner, through the House of Neville/Nevill.

    It is possible the basket depicts Henry Nevill, 9th Baron Bergavenny and his first wife Lady Mary Sackville and that the initials relate to their children Anne, Elizabeth and Mary. The House of Neville/Nevill has held titles including Earl of Warwick, Earl of Abergavenny and Earl of Westmorland, among others.

    For a similar basket, but with the figures featuring glass heads and hands, see lot 3 of the Richmond Needlework Collection at Bonhams Bond Street, 2nd March 2011, which sold for £9000.
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A mid 17th century beadwork basket
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