Satin worked with silk, chenille threads, purl, shells, wood, beads, mica, bird feathers, bone or coral; detached buttonhole variations, long-and-short, satin, couching, and knot stitches; wood frame, mirror glass, plush
H. 23 3/4 x W. 19 1/2 inches (60.3 x 49.5 cm)
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964
Not on view
Improvements in English domestic glass production in the second half of the century coincided with the fashion for raised-work embroidery and resulted in the production of some of the most spectacular examples of embroidered household furnishings of the seventeenth century.
The three-dimensionality of the embroidery and the creative use of materials on this example are very impressive. The tail feathers of the peacock are created from fragments of actual bird feathers, there are tiny shells and bits of coral in the grotto surrounding the fish pond, and the costumes of the courting couple include details such as real lace trimmings and seed pearls.
The decoration of this mirror refers to a marital union, symbolized by the couple flanking the mirror glass, the two manor houses above them, and the figure of Harmony, in the guise of a young woman playing a lute, at the top of the mirror. The heraldic lion and leopard suggest that the owner was a loyal Royalist, as these animals appear on the royal coat of arms as well.
Viscount Wolseley ; Percival D. Griffiths ; Irwin Untermyer (by 1960–64; to MMA)
Artist: Georges Jacob (French, Cheny 1739–1814 Paris) Date: ca. 1785Medium: Carved and gilded walnut; 18th-century embroidered silk-satin (not original to the frame)Accession: 58.75.27On view in:Gallery 523
Artist: Printed by Robert Barker , London, 1607 Date: ca. 1607Medium: Satin worked with silk and metal thread, spangles; long-and-short, split, satin, couching, brick, and knot stitchesAccession: 64.101.1291On view in:Not on view
Artist: Date: 1600–1620 Accession Number: 64.101.1241 Date: 1600–1620Medium: Linen worked with silk and metal threads, spangles; chain, stem, darning, detached buttonhole, and plaited braid stitchesAccession: 64.101.1241On view in:Not on view