Linen worked with silk and metal thread, spangles; stem, back, plaited braid, knots, and detached buttonhole stitches
H. 8 7/8 x W. 13 3/8 inches (22.5 x 34 cm)
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964
Not on view
This small panel was probably intended to decorate a small cushion or pillow; these were used in large numbers in interior decoration of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Larger versions would have softened hard wooden seats; smaller examples were used as decoration on sideboards and dressing tables. Some were used as pincushions, as great quantities of pins were used to fasten clothing before the advent of zippers and Velcro.
Percival D. Griffiths ; Irwin Untermyer (until 1964; to MMA)
Artist: Attributed to Thomas How (British, active 1710–33)Date: ca. 1724–36Medium: Walnut and walnut veneer, parcel-gilt, the seat rails of beech; gilded lead mounts on the knees and front rail; verre églomisé panel mounted on the splat; covered in contemporary tent stitch embroidery on canvas needlework not original to the chairAccession: 64.101.936, .937On view in:Not on view