19 August 2004

Some Historical Embroidery on the Web

First up, in the "oh if I was one of the obscenely rich" category, an embroidered portrait of Elizabeth I. Sold via Sothebys, with a pre-auction estimate of $12,000. Final price at fall of hammer? $155,000 USD

I especially like the details shown in the dress and the sleeves.

Another one for the super rich, this lovely portrait in an embroidered case. Lovely example of both clothing and handicrafts in this one item.

I love this delicate Venetian needlecase. I've never seen one embroidered like this before. Here is a detail of the flower on the side.