A beautiful pair of throw or decorator, sofa pillows, vintage but made up from antique needlework or needlepoint embroidery tapestry panels. The pillows are slightly irregular, 17" x 18" plus a trim of fringe to frame the needlework in. A beautiful palette of wood and silk yarns with a versatile neutral ground - florals in a stylized manner reminiscent of the old 17th century French motifs. I would guesstimate the needlework panels to be 19th century, made up as down and feather-fill sofa pillows sometime within the last 40 years. Zippered backs, nice fabric and trim. There is an interesting section of the trim which still has a woven ribbon (about 1 side measurement plus a few inches), which was slightly puzzling until I realized that the claret red fringe is the same trim but the little ribbon has been pulled out. One need only pull the remaining ribbon along that single side of one pillow to have it all fringe passementerie trimmed. I'm going to leave it in, just so you can see what a pretty choice someone made for ribbon-woven trim back when they made these up.
Very good to excellent condition, age and type considered. There are no holes at all, though one notes a few slight snags here or there. I'd guess the panels were once backs on French chairs. The trim and backs and the interior linen pillow forms with the down and feather mix (one or two loose and visible when you unzip the backings) are all in fine condition. There are no odors. I can only point out the need to pull the final ribbon from the crimson passementery/fringe and take a needle and thread to the mitered corner on one pillow's trim to tidy it where it has come loose. Antique and vintage - there are no odors, I see no stains. SO pretty! Ready to use, with just the tuck/sew on that one trim corner. Remember, you are buying a pair (2) matching pillows.
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