Another mid-1800s needlework panel from my collection, destined to become a lush down-filled throw pillow but here it is years later and begging you to either put a fresh backing on it and rack it as a fire screen, or use it and the exquisite French passementerie silk fringe, pair of matching tassels and braid. I really think the trims are at least as valuable as is the needlepoint and silk embroidery panel at this point. In France, there remain only 2 manufacturing companies still making the elaborately braided and crafted trims, and they're astronomical in cost. I've long collected trims, too, and the quality and fine condition of this 24" of fringe and the matching tassels make them a true treasure. That color is a deep purple/brown. Hundreds of hours of handwork on this one, and the panel is in great shape to re-use, no holes or losses and protected by an inner layer of oilcloth between silk backing (which tattered from heat and time) and the front panel of wool and silk needlework. Full measurements noted on the photos.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, one you could make up and use as a decorator pillow, down-filled and luxurious. There is 100" plus of original c.1850 piping/cording, 2 superb tassels of 6.5" long, and a 25" length of 4.5" long fringe along with the embroidery needlepoint. Frame it as art; return it to use on a fire screen rack/pole, or create a stunning pillow for your home. All but the silk backing is in great shape. Just look at those tassels. I can tell you a pair like those carries half the value of the entire offering. Yes, found in France.