Friday, March 2, 2012

Bush embroidery

Bush 11

The panels are generally made in shapes to fit
the backs, seats, and sides of settees and chairs,
and there are sometimes also square pieces
for cushions. The work is usually in wools,
with silks for the high lights, on coarse linen
or canvas. The favourite designs are land-
scapes, with shepherds and shepherdesses or
other figures. Sometimes the armorial bear-
ings of the family are represented, and occa-
sionally a vase of flowers or some such
ornament takes the principal place. It is
not unusual to find on these panels the name
of the worker and the date. An embroidery
in the Victoria and Albert Museum (No. 269,
1893, see Plate 59) represents a vase of
flowers in colours, the ground being covered
all over with a diaper pattern in cream-
white silk. Underneath the basket is worked
the name ELIZABETH RVSSELL, with
the date 1730. This panel may have been
intended for a cushion-cover.

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