A very attractive pair of antique round
mahogany framed silkwork pictures with hand painted elements and coloured
stitching. They are each rural scenes one of which is a boy shepherd playing a
pipe or whistle under a tree, his dog curled up at his feet and two sheep
behind him with mountains in the background. The other is of a girl shepherdess
sat holding her hat and staff with her longhorn sheep, more probably goats sat
next to her, again there are trees and mountains in the background.
The girl picture is all completely untouched as originally
made, and marked in black ink on the back:
Worked by Agnes Sephton, 8 St.Paul's Studios, Barons Court W.
Agnes Sephton ( Nee Bingley) was married to the artist
George Harcourt Sephton in 1901, and they lived then in what was a
comparatively quiet setting in an Arts and Crafts house specifically built for
artists in 1891, designed by Frederick Wheeler, in what was then Colet Gardens.
This house is now known as 149 Talgarth Road, Barons Court,
Hammersmith London W14 9DA.
The other frame has a wooden back with a label on the back
Rowley 140 Church Street W Kensington.
The silkworks are in the Georgian or Regency style, made during the Arts and Crafts period circa 1910. The frames are identical and measures 6 inches diameter the visible silkwork is 4 1/2 inches diameter. They weigh 325 grammes unpacked. They are in excellent antique condition. All original, untouched in original frames. Each have very slight minor discolouration or possible minor water staining. Reflections on the glass have not shown these great embroideries to their best.
These are a great pair of antique arts and crafts silkwork
and ideal for collectors of the works of the Sephtons. The Lord Grey's banner
(Governor General Albert Henry George Grey, 4th Earl Grey) in the Canadian
Libraries and Archives collection was also worked by the same artist Agnes