Thursday, 28 May 2009

A tiny scrap of French toile, is our hero asleep, or is he dead?

I bought a bag of tiny, damaged antique quilt panels from Petworth. I really like this one and am selling it in my ebay shop this week, but am a wee bit puzzled, the handsome gentleman sprawled in the ladies lap, is he asleep, or is he dead? She looks out at us and holds our gaze with a twist of a smile hovering at her lips, almost as enigmatic as the Mona Lisa, perhaps a little too direct for comfort!
Or am I imagining it...
The fragment is quite faded, so it is hard to work out what is happening here.

I don't know what the story is here, but it is Quite Interesting! It looks like a piece of toile d'Alsace, probably dating to around 1840, as it is similar in style and dsign to some of the same period in one of my books. I shall be on the hunt for a larger panel now.


  1. I would like to think he is sleeping, otherwise this would seem a bit sinister...her gaze and troubling peaceful countenance. I really am drawn to the gently faded color and imagery. Such a lovely piece.

  2. I think you are probably right! But an interesting point to ponder. The quest is on to find a larger piece!