DON'T TAKE LIFE TOO SERIOUSLY!
This large, delightful needlework picture features an elegantly dressed seated couple taking a break from raking.
It appears the seated man is pledging his heart to the lady while being observed by another gentleman standing
behind some vegetation.
WHY ARE ELEGANTLY DRESSED PEOPLE "WORKING" outside?
They are "pastoraling", an activity that was quite in vogue at the time. Well-to-do courting couples
would spend the afternoon in a bucolic setting pretending they were a shepherd and shepherdess, or far more rarely,
as in this example, pretend to be field workers. In actually, they were getting to know each other and having
fun, or in other words, "courting".
SO, WHAT ARE THE PHOENIX AND SQUIRREL ALL ABOUT?
In the upper left is a phoenix that represents a long life or starting over and in the upper right is a squirrel
which represents surrendering and letting things happen, injecting more fun into your life and enjoying the wonders
of the world.
In excellent condition, conservation mounted in a new frame.
Silk thread on linen canvas; 27" x 20 ¾" sights, 33" x 26 ¾ " framed.
STEPHEN & CAROL HUBER
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