I was particularly interested in this 16th c. coif. You can view it on the link, and zoom. As is often the case in museum exhibits, I had to photograph from a couple feet away with a glass wall between, so please excuse the quality. I've also included a description given in the exhibit.
As always when I view Elizabethan embroidery, I was struck with the delicacy of the stitches and motifs, which you don't get a feel for when viewing them online or in books. Notice that the the butterfly is stitched in metallic threads, and the carnation (gillyflower) petals are spaced quite far apart.
Additionally, there was a casket, pictured below....
The following information is from the Phil Art Museum website, which Deborah kindly gave me the link to. When the casket wasn't shown in their special exhibit info I didn't think to look in their collections. Thanks Deborah!
|Made in England|
Elizabeth Nickholls, English
Wood; silk satin with silk embroidery in satin, laid, and couched stitches; silver gilt trim
10 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 10 inches (26.7 x 19.1 x 25.4 cm)
LabelIn the seventeenth century, a girl’s needlework education culminated in the production of an embroidered box called a “casket” or “cabinett,” typically worked in tent, raised, laid, and couched stitches. Images on the casket often depicted biblical tales. The panels on this example portray the religious story of Esther, a Jewish heroine who saved her people from a Persian assault. Her admirable behavior likely served as a model for the casket’s young maker. Caskets frequently held prized possessions, such as jewelry and writing equipment; as they were personally valuable, they were sometimes preserved in a professionally made oak box.