Today we are delighted to offer for sale a beautiful antique Victorian Tiger scenic stumpwork embroidery! This exquisite piece is a stumpwork masterpiece from late 19th century England. Stumpwork or raised work is a style of embroidery in which the stitched figures are raised from the surface of the work to form a 3-dimensional effect. This style of raised embroidery became popular in England between 1650 and 1700. Before this period the use of such raised embroidery techniques was mostly confined to ecclesiastical garments. In the seventeenth century this embroidery technique was simply called raised or embossed work. It has been called stumpwork only since around the end of the nineteenth century.
This delightful stumpwork scene depicts a mighty Bengal Tiger and was no doubt crafted by a young lady to celebrate the crowning of Queen Victoria as Empress of India in 1877. The fascination with all things Indian was also popularized by the wonderful children’s novel A Little Princess, written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and first published in 1887. When young Sara Crewe is sent to a boarding school by her wealthy and well-meaning World War I-bound father, the imaginative girl makes the best of things by entertaining her friends with fanciful tales of her life in India. After running afoul of the strict headmistress, Miss Minchin, Sara receives some heartbreaking news, and is forced to work in servitude. As she struggles to keep her spirits up, she makes some remarkable discoveries that may change her seemingly bleak fate.
The beautiful stumpwork is woven with a multitude of colorful and still-vivid silk threading. It is embroidered on a pale champagne silk ground and features a Bengal Tiger standing atop a large rock, with colorful grassy ground underneath and a towering palm tree in the background. The piece has a truly special naive look and is a wonderful example of English stumpwork from the Victorian period. The embroidery is framed in a bespoke, museum-quality silver gilt frame with glass covering and is ready to be hung and enjoyed!
Stumpwork presents beautifully and is in very good antique condition, with minor display wear and patina commensurate with age. There are scattered spots and on silk background; there are a few small (and hard to notice) scattered pinholes. Frame is in very good condition, with minimal wear. This fabulous antique Tiger stumpwork will make an outstanding addition to any antique textile and Victoriana collection…Fresh to the market!
Dimensions of framed artwork: 15-5/8″ in height, 17-3/8″ in length,1-5/8″ in depth
Dimensions of artwork: 14-1/2″ in length, 12-1/2″ in height