An up-close image of a "hair" embroidery. This mourning pieces are unique in that rather than use thread, they are rendered in hair. At Spicer Art Conservation we treat many embroideries and specialize in the treatment and preservation of textiles, objects and paper.
An up-close view of a 17th century embroidery recently conserved at Spicer Art Conservation. These embroideries have a lot of detail. Not only are they rich in symbolism, but they feature a number of stitching techniques as well as beads, pearls, chips of mica and metallic threads. Spicer Art Conservation specializes in the preservation of textiles, objects and paper artifacts. From the collection of Newport Restoration Foundation.
Sampler from 1816. A beautiful example of a girl's needlework. This antique sampler was treated in the Conservation Studio of Spicer Art Conservation, where we specialize in the care and preservation of historic textiles.
A lovely and intricate embroidery in very good condition. The embroidery was treated by Spicer Art Conservation.
The reverse side of an embroidery. Here you can see the dark rectangular stain. this stain occurred because the wooden frame had a rectangular opening (see image on this page). Not only was the wood a harmful support, the opening in the wood frame allowed for the deposit of dirt and soot. The embroidery was conserved, mounted and reframed using archival materials by Textile Conservator, Gwen Spicer of Spicer Art Conservation, LLC located just outside of Albany, New York. Collection of…
Historic religious embroideries like this one are often decorated with stones and gold or silver thread. This particular embroidery is on a beautiful richly colored fabric.
c. 1870 Mourning brooch This pin is set with garnets and pearls. The hair is plaited and secured under glass. On the back of one of the settings for the garnet is a tiny inscription that just says "Edward".
El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek, 1540/41–1614). Portrait of a Cardinal, Probably Cardinal Don Fernando Niño de Guevara (1541–1609), ca. 1600–1604. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.5) #mustache #movember