A Framed Needlepoint

Feb 10, 2021. 13:16 UTC
A Framed Needlepoint
United States of America


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This needlepoint features a scene with a house or some other structure in the background of the landscape. One woman is in the foreground with another individual. The pettit point is tight and uniform. The stitches are so small they create an illusion that the scene is painted.



This came from an antique store liquidation. I do not know anything more.

Answered within about 4 hours
Feb 10, 17:43 UTC
By Delia

Fair Market Value

$250 - $350 USD

Suggested Asking Price

$300 USD
What does this mean?

Hi Rhonda,

Can you give me an idea (even approximate) of the size of this?

Many thanks!

Rhonda guess Feb 10, 18:42 UTC

Yes. I wrote in the notes that it is 29 inches wide by 22 inches tall.

Delia Feb 10, 20:54 UTC

Still not seeing them in the notes but your comment helps.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

A Victorian petit-point wool needlework
English or European, late 19th Century
probably done on muslin, depicting a European mill with two women by the side of a river, matted and framed.
22 by 29 inches
PROVENANCE: antique store liquidation
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

Rhonda guess Feb 10, 23:47 UTC

OMG. That's a mill, I thought it was a house or a farm. And that's why I come to you at Mearto.What are the women most likely doing, milling around? And what tips you off to the fact that it is late 19th century and English or European? Does the quality appear to be good? I learned to do this in France one summer, and it is intensive.
Thank you, Delia.

Delia Feb 11, 13:12 UTC

The women might be doing the washing?
This is a very quintessential European scene - I don't know of any other comparable landscapes in the US though this could have been done in the US by someone looking at a print source, which was one way imagery was disseminated. Petit-point pictorial needlework was in its heyday in the second half of the 19th century and yes, the quality is quite good. Sadly, the market does not bear out the same appreciation and values on these are quite a bit less than they used to be; if yours had been any smaller it would be worth less than $200.

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