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Lotus Flowers embroidery design

Lotus Flowers

Even embroideries did not
escape the influence of the Celestial empire.
Gay birds, with tails resembling flames, like
the mythical Chinese phoenix, fly amid flowers
designed on Chinese models. This influence
gradually died out as the eighteenth century
advanced. The most noticeable change is
the increasing tendency to produce a de-
ceptive resemblance to nature there is less
of design and more of direct imitation.
Flowers are shaded to have the appearance
of relief, and embroidery encroaches on the
province of the painted picture.

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" Black work," or " Spanish work,"
a style of embroidery said to
have been introduced by Cathe-
rine of Aragon, 70 ; very popular
during the reign of Queen Eliza,
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private collections, ib. \ caps and
head-dresses, ib.