|Lot 287 Concept Art Gallery - June 4th, 2016 Auction|
The king and queen's panels are the stars of the piece, it is nice to see the counted top and bottom flowers contrasting with the more elaborate needlelace of the figures. It shows how you can mix some 'comfort' stitching with something more elaborate and time consuming to get a elegant result.
Now look closer at the King and realize that he has three arms! Actually what has happened is that the left embroidered arm/sleeve has come off the piece and was pinned above the right arm. It was as if the last framer/conservator/owner just couldn't figure out what bits were and knew it must have come from 'that area'. I have seen this a few times where sub sections of stumpwork have their couching stitches degrade and fall off and then the piece is pinned or nailed to some other spot. A bit of careful looking and the weird item finds its home!
P.S. Just sold for $16,000 which makes it $20,000 with the premium.