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Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Blog, Embroidery | 4 comments

Embroidered Cabinet from the 17th century.

Embroidered Cabinet from the 17th century.


I am in love with this exquisite cabinet embroidered in the stumpwork technique.

“Raised work, or stumpwork as it is sometimes called, developed in England during the early seventeenth century, and was characterized by its high relief. The technique was used to create pictures and to decorate objects such as storage boxes for jewelry and writing supplies, baskets, and mirror frames. This box is typical of raised-work pieces in that it employs a variety of stitches and includes the use of metal thread and other materials, in addition to colored silks. The faces of the five women representing the Senses are drawn in ink on satin, and the figure of Sight holds a mirror made of mica that reflects her face. Other unexpected materials were frequently used to highlight details: real hair for a figure’s head, tiny seed pearls for a necklace, and glass beads for animal eyes.” From the Metropolitan Museum of Art website.

Photos ©  Metropolitan Museum of Art 

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  1. That is quite a famous piece. I’ve always loved it. It’s an incredibly detailed and intricate form of embroidery. A bit like ultimate stitching because you have to use so many different types of stitches and techniques to create it.

  2. Quelle merveille! ♡

  3. Writing a mystery thriller over 17th century art.

    I was on a research tour to New York a few years ago and it left very little time for sightseeing and museums. It was the first time I had ever taken a trip with the art historian in me on hold. It still feels so unfair, but my novel is about to be published and I hope to be walking through the 17th century at the MET very soon.
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  4. A most exquisite form of art!A masterpiece! I was amazed by the detail in the sea scene! Similar scenes are tried to be made nowadays! I wonder how people with less light had more patience to make things. AriadnefromGreece!
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