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American embroidery 1725. Each little hill has got its own story taking place.  Great expression of depth in this sampler, and the motifs are so much fun.

American embroidery 1725. Each little hill has got its own story taking place. Great expression of depth in this sampler, and the motifs are so much fun.

A metal thread embroidered velvet panel from Northern India, circa 1900. The blue velvet ground profusely embroidered with silver and gold thread with a flowering plant & two perching peacocks; beneath the plant, a pool and two stalks.

A metal thread embroidered velvet panel from Northern India, circa 1900. The blue velvet ground profusely embroidered with silver and gold thread with a flowering plant & two perching peacocks; beneath the plant, a pool and two stalks.

Lace gloves from 1620. Not correct date for this board...but couldn't resist. I LOVE these!

Lace gloves from 1620. Not correct date for this board...but couldn't resist. I LOVE these!

"The Pansy...was a favorite with Elizabeth {II] and appeared on many of her clothes", e.g. as seen in a portrait of her in full court dress  painted by Nicholas Hilliard in 1509.

"The Pansy...was a favorite with Elizabeth {II] and appeared on many of her clothes", e.g. as seen in a portrait of her in full court dress painted by Nicholas Hilliard in 1509.

"This particular silk and silver thread robe à la Française evokes thoughts of Versailles during the gallant, licentious, rose scented aegis of Louis XV and his divinely fair mistress Madame de Pompadour, but is in fact English in origin so would have been worn at the rather more staid (in appearance anyway) court of George II."

"This particular silk and silver thread robe à la Française evokes thoughts of Versailles during the gallant, licentious, rose scented aegis of Louis XV and his divinely fair mistress Madame de Pompadour, but is in fact English in origin so would have been worn at the rather more staid (in appearance anyway) court of George II."

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