Small silk pocketbook with nautically-themed goldwork.?German: 1827 Stock Code: 131570
An exquisite little ?wedding token in typical Beidermeier taste. The white silk and gold thread, together with the wreaths and paired initials do suggest a symbolic rather than practical role for the anchor, although the repetition of the motif and its presence in a "realisitc" setting may suggest a nautical context. Delightful.
White silk-covered and lined bifold pocket portfolio, gusseted pocket to each "board", pencil loop closure, elaborately embroidered in metallic passing thread; the front panel has a large central anchor device with the date 1827 between the arms, enclosed by elaborate floral wreaths, the initials "H.F." to the left-hand side, "A.W." to the right, all within a rectangular laurel branch panel, small cinquefoils to the corners worked around beads which may have originally held paste "stones"; the reverse with similarly stitched scene of a boat with furled sails approaching a turreted building from which a nuptial wreath is hanging, balanced on the other side by a tree against which an anchor is leaning, laurel panel with rosettes as to the front.
A little rubbed and stained, one cinquefoil rosette lacking from each panel, but overall very well preserved.
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