A French letter from 1813
A scrap of 18th century silk embroidered with roses and bows,
beneath an chenille embroidered waistcoat…
The edge of the silk is brighter, where it had
been turned over at a seam…
The effect of the design is carefree,
A rose laden chenille embroidered net fichu…
Edges ribbon and silk floss trimmed
All above from my own collection of antique textiles.
My favorite time period is from Marie Antoinette to
Jane Austen…from the end of 18th to start of 19th century.
I dabble in reverie. Who sat on that canapé, tilted those painted
rose teacups, walked those boulevards, perched in rows at
Beethoven concerts, curled within a Lit à la Polonaise
to read Mansfield Park, or Lord Byron…
To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.
One of a set of four pairs… c 1780-1835
of shoes up for auction this week…
You can bid on line through