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Antique religious needlepoint

     

I try to avoid over-the-top superlatives but, superlatives apply to this piece. Stunning! Museum quality! This is very fine wool needlepoint on what looks like a linen open-weave cloth. This could be nun’s or a devotee’s work.


  


Religious art or needlework, this is a beautiful piece. Two panels; Christ at the table on the left and the Holy Ghost as the Dove over the Chalice with two angels at the top and urns with plants flanking the Chalice. The visible portion of the image measures 8″ by 7 1/8.” 15″ by 10 7/8″ and the feet each measure 6 3/4″ long.


I believe this is at least 19th century and it could be 18th century. The embroidery is in very good shape for its age. There are a few areas where the wool stitches have disappeared – the most obvious area is in the angel’s hair in the upper right of the right panel.



The Dove is a little hard to discern as the once gold background behind it has faded. Overall, the fabric and embroidery is in very good condition overall.


The wood frame is lovely, old and worn. I think the basic wood is a fruit wood but I am not up on European woods. The burl band at the bottom is a well-crafted veneer with a meandering seam in the center that I didn’t see until a friend pointed it out. Craftsmanship!


Note that the frame has been repaired more than once. The base of the right upright (as you look at the piece) broke and was glued and you can see this repair in the photos. The left upright was glued inside the foot. And there may be others but overall, the repairs are sturdy and the piece is stable. Lots of old bug holes in the wood but I’ve this piece for 15 years with no evidence of any insect activity.


   


    


$950


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Vintage Fred Harvey menu


Vintage Fred Harvey menu

1949 Fred Harvey Hollywood Restaurant menu featuring the painting “Arrival of the Harvey Girls” by Doris Lee. Neat railroad and Fred Harvey history. This original menu has the original prices – “Grilled Filet Mignon, wrapped in bacon – 3.25.” Here’s to 1949 prices! The menu is in excellent, used condition with light wear, slight bends and dings to edges and corners but very good overall.

$55


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Salviati enameled glass compote


Salviati enameled glass compote

A fine piece of Murano glass, this is a delicate stemmed glass compote, with gold and white enameling and a thin cobalt glass edge on both the bowl and the foot. This is not marked but is in they style of Francesco Toso Borella. The compote measures just under 5 3/8″ tall, approximately 6″ across the bowl and the foot is 3 1/2″ in diameter. It is in excellent condition with no dings, cracks or chips. I don’t feel these are flaws but there are a few very small bubbles in the bowl and stem.

$325


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Victorian leather shoe snuff box


Finely detailed Victorian leather shoe snuff box. The little boot is wonderfully detailed with a stacked leather heel, nail or peg construction and even an internal lining to cover the nails inside. The outside of the shoe has careful patterning to indicate stitching and even leather tassels on the lid. The boot is in very good old condition with wear, some shrinking and aging of the leather, the lid is warped and some of the nails have corroded a bit but overall, it’s in good shape for its age. A wonderful patina from handling. Just under 3″ tall by approximately 3 5/8″ long – toe to heel.

$275


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French Victorian hair work with ID

A lovely piece and an unusual memorial as it came with a hand written document listing the family members whose hair is included. The way this piece was made is different than most of the wreathes I’ve seen. Rather than small bunches of hair curled, each form here is made up of hairs laid out side by side, glued overall and the the shape was cut out. The flowers and the basket are decorated with tiny seed beads. Very delicate and lovely. Overall, the work is in very good old condition with a few small loose feather pieces that have fallen to the bottom of the glass. These could be reglued but the envelope that holds the paper is glued to the back and I didn’t want to disturb that. The frame measures 9 3/8″ tall by 8″ wide with the original domed glass.

$475


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