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Scarce Embroidered Table Rug
American, ca. 3rd quarter, 19th century. Hand embroidery (not hooked) on wool ground. One of the scarcer American folk art forms, the table rug was a 19th century expression that was used to decorate the tops of tables and chests (too much effort in making to be placed underfoot). As a symbol of plenty and optimism, this lively composition depicts flowers boldly bursting from a vase, the vines wrapping around the edges as a border. Warm earth tones punctuated by splashes of red and blue. Dye colors remain strong; scattered losses to embroideries and small unobtrusive background holes. Strong visual impact. Just 22 x 15 inches. Mounted for display. Please ask for high res images.
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