Antique Turkish textile in the collection of Anthony J Sargeant

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Silk embriodery - Antique Textile

Silk embriodery – Antique Textile

detail of silk embroidered towel end

detail of silk embroidered towel end

Reverse side of silk embroidered towel end

Reverse side of silk embroidered towel end

This towel end was bought in the late 1980s from Kinebanian (antique oriental carpet dealer in Amsterdam) in the 1980s. It was bought in an old frame with writing on the back and labels saying “Embroidered towel end used by Turkish ladies – collected at Smyrna”.

Taken out of the frame for conservation one can see how it was folded to create an satisfying framed composition – it has some small elements of silver wire work in the highlights at the centre of the flowers (see detail image). The reverse of the embroidery shows how the expensive silk was sown in such a way as to keep the maximum of silk on the face leaving just a ghost of the stitching on the reverse side.

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Bumble Bee on Lobelia Flowers photographed by Anthony J Sargeant

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Just one month ago

Just one month ago

Tony took this photograph in his Shropshire (UK) garden just one month ago on 29th September 2015 when bumble bees and butterflies were still feeding and flying. This bumble bee is grazing on a pot of lobelia. But now it seems an age ago as we sink into the dark and fog of late autumn.

The intensity of the purple lobelia is lovely