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Guide to the Charlotte Brontë Needlepoint Flower Study, approximately 1840

Summary

Decorative needlepoint flower study on a cream background, possibly worked in wool thread, of a white lily at top, with light pink accents on leaves and blue stamen, surrounded by five green and blue-green leaves. At lower left is a deep pink peony with white accents, surrounded by three green and brown leaves with veins in brown and blue. At lower right is a red carnation, with pink and brown petal edges. It is surrounded by a carnation bud, and two green leaves with veins in brown and blue. Brontë completed the piece around 1840. It was placed underneath a green velvet mat with oval center opening measuring 11 x 14 cm, then enclosed in a wooden frame 25 x 31 cm, which was painted gold, then "antiqued" on three sides. In hand-painted black lettering on gold paint at the bottom of the frame appears the statement, "Sampler by Charlotte Bronte," although the work is not a sampler.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11062
Title
Charlotte Brontë needlepoint flower study
Date
approximately 1840
Creator
Brontë, Charlotte, 1816-1855
Extent
0.9 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Decorative needlepoint flower study on a cream background, possibly worked in wool thread, of a white lily at top, with light pink accents on leaves and blue stamen, surrounded by five green and blue-green leaves. At lower left is a deep pink peony with white accents, surrounded by three green and brown leaves with veins in brown and blue. At lower right is a red carnation, with pink and brown petal edges. It is surrounded by a carnation bud, and two green leaves with veins in brown and blue. Brontë completed the piece around 1840. It was placed underneath a green velvet mat with oval center opening measuring 11 x 14 cm, then enclosed in a wooden frame 25 x 31 cm, which was painted gold, then "antiqued" on three sides. In hand-painted black lettering on gold paint at the bottom of the frame appears the statement, "Sampler by Charlotte Bronte," although the work is not a sampler.

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[Identification of item], Charlotte Brontë needlepoint flower study, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Needlepoint flower study, 1840
(0.9 Linear Feet)
Box 1
 

Historical Note

Charlotte Brontë was an English novelist and poet.


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Provenance

The Charlotte Brontë needlepoint flower study was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Alice Poffinberger, October 2015

Other Notes

General

Accompanied by a description of a separate watercolor flower study Brontë completed during her childhood, photocopied from a 1995 published work.