Date: 2/12/2017 from themadhattershops
A Book of Flowers, Fruits, Beasts, Birds and Flies: Seventeenth-Century Patterns for Embroiderers by Cora Ginsburg & Donna Ghelerte
The numerous examples of seventeenth-century English embroidery that have survived attest to, on the one hand, a great demand in that period for rich materials and elaborate ornamentation and, on the other hand, an interest in the natural world. The interest was met in part by books of engraved natural history subjects. One English book and print seller in particular who offered customers a wide variety of flowers, animals and insects was Peter Stent. From 1643 to 1667, Stent published at least 218 different plates of natural history subjects, attracting artists, teachers and craftspeople, including embroiderers. This book presents nineteen of Stent’s natural history plates, exact-size facsimiles of a volume now in a private collection. They include over seventy-five floral and fauna images in a range of styles from scientific to artistic and decorative. An illustrated introduction and essay on Peter Stent provide information on the designs and an analysis of the plates. Readers will find this collection of natural history designs an important primary source for seventeenth-century English embroidery.A Book of Flowers, Fruits, Beasts, Birds and Flies: Seventeenth-Century Patterns for Embroiderers by Cora Ginsburg & Donna GhelerterA Book of Flowers, Fruits, Beasts, Birds and Flies: Seventeenth-Century Patterns for Embroiderers by Cora Ginsburg & Donna Ghelerter
Auction Price: 9.27
The embroideries illustrated in this book are from the Tulunid period, Fatimid period, Ayyubid period and the Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt and Syria, ending with the Ottoman conquest in 1517. The majority date from the Mamluk period, during which embroidery was used to decorate a wide range of textiles. This collection, the Newberry collection, is most unusual in that it contains sufficient examples to give us a glimpse, if not a complete picture, of the textile production at these times.Embroideries and samplers from Islamic Egypt by Marianne Ellis
Auction Price: $6
This book presents exact-size facsimiles of the existing one hundred plates, title page and colophon of the 1568 edition of Nicolas Bassee’s New Modelbuch now housed in the rare book collections of the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois. The plates feature charted designs for counted cross stitch and other counted thread embroidery techniques, angular patterns for double running stitch, various forms for surface embroidery and geometric bands for satin stitch. The illustrated introduction provides information on Bassee and his work, with historical background on the development of the embroidery pattern book, as well as an analysis of the plates. This collection of sixteenth-century textile patterns is an important primary source for the history of European embroidery and design.
Auction Price: $10.95
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