Vintage and Antique Linens by Em's Heart

Antique Society Silk Embroidered Centerpiece

"Poppies" on Natural Linen

Item Number A11506

The society silk style of embroidery began as a past time in England long before it came to America.  For some women it eventually became a way to earn a living from home.  Perhaps the original American cottage industry, fine silk embroideries could be produced at home and then sold as lots to linen houses for sale in a wider market.  "Society silk" is a popular reference to the Royal Society of Embroidery that produced the silk floss, embroidery patterns and promoted the cottage embroidery of finer pieces.  Additionally, they promoted embroidery "clubs" that fostered friendly competition between members to produce the finest work.   This beautiful piece of embroidery came from that period and represents the very best of technique, materials and design.

Brilliant red poppies seem to dance around the center field of this fabulously embroidered antique society silk centerpiece.  Heavy natural linen is the perfect backdrop for this bold Arts and Crafts influenced design.  Deeply padded embroidery and careful shading bring to each bloom the realism that was so sought after in this type of work.

ok.  It's a show stopper...breathtaking, nearly perfect except for a wee bit of age on an edge, shown below.  I could have photographed it all day...Offered as found in excellent condition, as described.  c.1890 - 1920  21.5" X 23.5"

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Antique society silk embroidered "Poppies" centerpiece on natural linen

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