A charming small naive 19th century folk art woolwork picture of a three masted sailing ship flying the American stars and stripes flag.
Very good strong colours. If accurate the stars may indicate a worked date of between 1822-1836.
The ship is probably at anchor rather than becalmed, as the flags are blowing well in the breeze.
An unusual woolwork in its construction. The whole is sewn onto a coarse linen fabric, supported by card to which it is attached by rough stitching. The curtains are formed of a combination of a green cord fabric and coloured wools.
The sky is represented by a piece of blue woollen cloth across which ch there are a few wool thread stitches to represent the clouds. The sky over the horizon and the sea are represented in a variety of wools and thicknesses. Some stitches have 'kinks' in them, which make me think that some previously unravelled reclaimed wool was used. (See the cloud area beneath the American flag).
The rigging is complete and well done.
On the reverse of the card is the inscription Mrs Luke
1 Oak Fold, referring presumably to the lady who commissioned the work.
In its simple period oak frame with silver coloured slip.
Backed with conservation board for protection.
Sight: 11" x 8.5" ( 27.5cm x 21.5cm)
Frame: 13" x 10.5" (33cm x 27cm)
See our articles a brief history of sailors woolworks