A Charles II beadwork and silk picture
Lot 54
A Charles II beadwork and silk picture
£10,000 - 15,000
US$ 13,000 - 19,000

Lot Details
The Collection of an Architect; The Old Rectory, Kent
A Charles II beadwork and silk picture
A Charles II beadwork and silk picture
Possibly portraying a betrothed lady and gentleman, presenting eachother with flowers, the surround with a stylised sunburst above exotic birds amongst trees and plants, the foreground depicting a lion, a leopard and a rabbit, now within a moulded ebonised frame, overall , 42cm wide, 34cm high (16 1/2in wide, 13in high).

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  • Provenance:
    Sotheby's New York, Important English and European Furniture, Sculpture, Porcelain and Carpets, 23 May 2012, lot 513

    The present lot belongs to a distinct group of pictures dating from the 1660s to the 1680s which chiefly commemorate the restoration of Charles II. Typical subjects include Charles II with his consort Catherine of Braganza, Adam and Eve, King Soloman together with the Queen fo Sheeba and as in the present case betrothed or married couples. The symbolism is suggestive of the Garden of Eden representing allegories of fecundity and prosperity.

    Related specimens of beadwork include a beadwork basket depicting Charles II and Catherine of Braganza with allegories of the Four Continents, illustrated in A. Morrall and M. Watts. eds., English Embroidery from The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1580-1700: 'Twixt Art and Nature',, New Haven and London, 2008, pp. 134-5, fig. 13-13a; exhibition held at The Bard Graduate Centre for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture, December 11, 2008-April 12, 2009; a number of pictures illustrated Morrall and Watts, op. cit, pp. 163, 216, 217, and 219, nos. 27, 55 and 56. Further comparable examples are recorded in Xanthe Brooke, The Lady Lever Art Gallery Catalogue of Embroideries,, Gloucestershire, 1992, nos. LL5272, LL5276, LL5257, LL5264, LL5341, LL5342, LL5343. A beadwork basket depicting Adam and Eve sold Sotheby's New York, 9 April 2009, lot 34.
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