This colourful example of 17th century raised work is worked in tiny glass beads and silver wire on silk. The tiny hands of the figures are made of painted boxwood. The centre and the figures are padded with wool. It may have originally been a mirror cover. At the time mirrors were an extremely expensive item to buy and a cover would have helped protect it, especially when travelling. The design depicts Charles II and his wife Catherine of Braganza. It was probably made during the 1660s…

The embroidered casket dates from between 1650 to 1680. It display an immensely rich collection of colours, materials, stitches and imagery. Unfortunately we do not know the origins of this casket. The fact that it has survived is no doubt due to a high regard for the work of an ancestor.

A CHARLES II SILKWORK DOUBLE CASKET LATE 17TH CENTURY The top Judgement of Solomon , the hinged sloping section with alternating panels of flora and fauna enclosing a further pink silk-lined interior with a mirror and a well, above doors depicting Abraham banishing Hagar and Ishmael, the right side panel depicting Hagar and the Angel in the wilderness, the left side panel depicting Venus mourning the death of Adonis, the rear panel depicting Adonis and the boar hunt

17th Century English beadwork dressing box with three dimensional figures of Charles II and Catherine of Braganza embroidered in colorful glass beads on display at Elliott & Grace Snyder, Massachusetts.

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