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Embroidery

Embroidery is the art of stitching ornamental designs in threads of cotton, silk, gold, or silver upon a woven fabric. Archaeological evidence indicates that human populations began widely trading embroidered goods as early as the 5th century B.C. Trade not only exposed important differences in the style and cultural meaning of embroidery, but also resulted in the migration and fusion of stitching techniques and imagery. For example, embroideries produced in Russia in the 1st century B.C. reveal influence from China, particularly Chinese chain- stitching techniques and representations of dragons.

In Medieval Europe, royalty often commissioned embroiderers to create monumental pieces commemorating their rule. Around 1080, English embroiderers, possibly nuns at Canterbury... Read more

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AFRIKA, Flag 1 (Project Aphasia), Ready Made, 1992-1995

September 30, 2016, 6:00 PM CET
Berlin, Germany

€3,000 (starting bid)

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Antique Crewel Work, Give Us This Day...

September 30, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
Springfield, OH, USA

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Spanish silkwork (19th century) depicting shepherd

October 1, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
East Moriches, NY, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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