Curious Works. English Sixteenth and Seventeenth century Embroidery

Brooks, M.M. (2004) Curious Works. English Sixteenth and Seventeenth century Embroidery, Oxford, The Ashmolean Museum of Art / Jonathan Horne Publications, 96pp.


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This book presents the Ashmolean Museum's collection of English seventeenth-century embroideries. It combines scholarly analysis with visual images in accordance with the established format of the Ashmolean's catalogues.The intriguing embroderies often made by affluent school girls, include pictorial panels and an elaborate box showing bible stories as well as costume accessories and fanciful items such as a frog-shaped purse. The introductory essay explores how the miniature world of kings and queens, biblical and classical heroes, courtiers and shepherdesses, set in landscapes with lovingly depicted animals and flowers, connects with the religious, policitical and social concerns of the turbulent seventeenth century. extensive use is made of contemporaneous sources ranging fromletters to sermons. Detailed analysis and photographs reveal the fine stitches and the imaginative raised work embroidery techniques.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: This book was published to co-incide with the exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum of Art, curated by the author, called 'Curious Owrks'. January-March 2004. The multi-disciplinary exhibtion linked rare bibiles, prints and ceramics with the imagery depicted on the pictorial embroideries. A series of guided tours and study days including papers by the author, accompanied the ehbition.
ISBNs: 1854441922 (print)
1854441930 (print)
Keywords: social history, gender studies, women's education, embroideries, iconography, collectors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
T Technology > TT Handicrafts Arts and crafts
A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
ePrint ID: 37960
Date :
Date Event
February 2004Published
Date Deposited: 26 May 2006
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 22:01
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