Table Mat (Switzerland), 1900–25
Medium: cotton embroidery on linen foundation Technique: embroidered in satin, couching, speckling, stem, eyelet, chain and herringbone stitches with deflected element work on plain weave foundation Label: linen embroidered with cotton in satin, couching,. Gift of Stanley Herzman. 1976-92-1.
What is this?
Round table mat embroidered in the Swiss Appenzell style, with fine deflected element work creating sheer areas and delicate lines. A central scene depicts two youths in classical attire picking fruit from a tree, with two deer looking on. The wide scalloped border is filled with scrolls and arabesques. Embroidered in pale blue on a white ground.