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Folk Art Woolwork

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More folk art than wool work is this totally charming woolwork picture of a ship on the high seas.

During the second half of the Victorian era, the British soldier, when being conveyed to foreign shores, met with sailors and saw how they made their woolwork pictures. The same need to maintain uniforms meant that these soldiers were also skilled with needle and thread and so it was that they picked up on the idea of making woolwork pictures, initially copying the maritime output of the sailors but soon after developing their own styles with regimental honours, flags of allegiance, cannon and stacks of balls and, peculiar to the soldier, vases of flowers, often surrounded by draped curtains. Their pictures would sometimes incorporate a banner with the legend ‘Leisure Hours in India’

The Oxford frame with deep, even carving allover, and with pressed brass upholstery nails on the overlaps. Its the best, and original, frame there could be for it.

English circa 1890

Image 20.5 in x 16 in 

o.s:28 in x 23.25 in 


Item Code: 4482

£ 985

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