Early raised and padded embroidered needlework pictures now referred to as “stumpwork”, were extremely popular
for about three decades beginning in the 1650’s. The framed decorative pictures ranged from small relatively simple
to large intricately stitched examples like this one with its original veneer mahogany frame. The center cartouche
seems to depict a young lady with a lute, laying aside her sheet music while under the instruction of an older
gentleman. The surrounding silk background is studded with hundreds of French knots and motifs of an elegantly
dressed couple, lion and stag, manor house, grotto, various flowers, birds, and animals.
STEPHEN & CAROL HUBER