It a period piece, dating from the early 1800's. I show it sitting in my living room, so you can see the how wonderful the colors are. There is something about an old textile. The colors are so vibrant even though it is covered with 200 years of grime.
It's not perfect, it has been restitched onto linen, thank heavens somebody rescued this rather than just tossing it out, or cutting it up. Again, it's the patina that an antique has, it adds character to a room.
|Look at the details. There's a snail to the right, a bird on a branch... love that cow!|
|The back even has a scrap of wallpaper attached.|
This morning my husband comes home with a Starbucks for me (isn't he nice to me!) and says we have an estate sale in the neighborhood. We jump in the car and head over...and find a lovely sale. Not alot of stuff, but just enough to have some fun.
Lately I seem to be fascinated with fashion prints from 1800-1820. They tend to be Ackermann or des Modes. I found a few at the sale today.
|Hand-colored print of two brides. The dresses are large, but note the date is 1861. |
That is too Victorian for me. However they were in a stack of earlier ones, so they came home with me.
The print below looks more like a regency fashion print. Did you know that these would be printed up, and then there was a cottage industry of women who hand colored these at home. You sometimes see variation of colors from the same magazine issue. Quality control was a bit of an issue.
|Doesn't this have more of a Jane Austen (1775-1819) feel to it, it is dated 1794. Charming. I love the lemon gold color frame.|
To think, I wasn't expecting a single estate sale because it is a holiday weekend.
Have a great weekend. Go antiquing for a few hours.
|Who can resist an old book? I can't.|