A fine George I needlework panel, English, circa 1720

A fine George I needlework panel, English, circa 1720


Petit-point, gros-point and long-stitch worked in coloured silks and wools, depicting a country village scene of blossom-crowned couples dancing around a flower-bedecked Maypole, accompanied by a bagpiper, other revellers drinking and looking on, a hound bounding in the foreground, a bird and butterfly to the sky, an acorn-laden oak tree behind, within an ornamented cartouche surrounded by abundant foliage, buds and flowers including rose, daisy, carnation and poppy-head. Dimensions including frame height 54cm x width 66.5cm.

For a comparable English image of villagers dancing around a Maypole dated to circa 1750, see Elmbridge Museum Collection, Surrey, accession number 6.1914, oil on board.

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Height 50.2 cm / 20"
Width 62.6 cm / 24 34"
Depth 3.5 cm / 1 "