HNW - Stumpwork

Susan Evans woofie at
Wed Sep 2 11:49:34 PDT 1998

I've found a few more pre-1600 examples in the Schuette book, Pictorial
History of Embroidery".  All these plates were in black and white.  If we
call it relief embroidery instead of stumpwork (which I think is pretty
much restricted to the later stuff in Stuart England), the following would
suit your need:

Plates 354 and 355 - Shields of the guilds in relief embroidery by Wolf
Popp, Passau, 1574-1575

Plate 310-316 - Chausable and vestments of the Palatine Count, Peter Kmita,
details of the life of St. Stanislaus, Cracow, 1504.  In the details "the
figures are almost in the round".  Done in silk, gold thread, pearls.  Face
details in fine stem stitch; garments and architecture in couched gold.  On
another - hair and beard in spiral wire wound round with silk.  Garments in
gold thread, sequins and pearls.  Strips of parchment with inscriptions
refer to the attached relics (it's inserted into the background as part of
the piece).  Very interesting.

Plate 295 - Embroidery of a chausable - virgin and child enthroned.
Sweden, Stockholm, late 15th century. Workshop of Albertus Pictor.  Uses
gold thread, gold spirals, silks and pearls.  Linen ground.  Some parts
worked in relief and applied (like the clothing of the figures).  Gobelin
stitch faces and hands.

Plates 280-282 - Altar curtain by Antonio Sadorni, St. George and the
Dragon, Catalonia c. 1460.  Relief embroidery in gold thread, silver wire,
cords and silk in white, red, blue, brown, yellow and green.  The artist
was of a family of Flemish origin in Barcelona.

Sue Evans


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