Embroidered casket by Member of the Bourne family

An embroidered Late Stuart casket in an 18th century case.


Details

Medium:
Silk embroidery & seed pearl
Dimensions:
23.5 x 20 x 17.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£12,512 ( Total: £31,350)
Acquired in:
2004
Vendor:
Private vendor

The embroidered panels reflect typical 17th century iconography with its choice of religious subjects from the Old and New Testaments and emblematic scenes representing the seasons. The carrying case is covered with 18th century hand-painted wallpaper.

Provenance

According to family tradition the casket was worked by Unis Bourne, wife of Thomas Bourne of Bourne End, Lancashire; by descent through their eldest son John Bourne; by descent to the present owner.