Working through loads of needlework and old woven tapestry fragments and salvages which I once thought I'd make up into those lush fringed and down-filled decorator pillows we used to sell. I've collected these for decades while out buying antiques - just the best and most appealing panels, but it's time to disburse and let you make them up for your home or business.
This one is French, early 1800s, would have been a handmade upholstery for a chair back. The backs always fare better over time, and this one has only a small area near her elbow which will need a few petitpoint stitches by way of restoration. The colors are fabulous and a little faded from the brilliant palette of origin (visible on the cutaway of the backside where you see bright yellow). Panels like these are slow work, this one must have taken a year to complete, each tiny stitch one at a time. Wool and silk yarns used. A large panel to work with. No odors, clean and charming. Very good condition throughout, the one area as noted. Make it square, or rectangular, a rectangle with rounded corners will use the most of the panel. A tall oval would also be beautiful.