Appliquéd/embroidered felt pelmet, c.1890
This delightful felt pelmet is appliquéd in a whimsical manner with bouquets of felt and tufted wool daisies with velveteen leaves. The appliqués are embellished with gold silk chain-stitch embroidery.
Aqua silk ribbon with picot edges is threaded through slits in the decorative panels. Although the craftsmanship is quite skillful, the flower-and-hearts design motif has the appeal of naive folk art to our overly sophisticated eyes.
The personal touch of a one-of-a-kind decorative piece adds unique charm to any interior. This panel can be displayed over a door or window. The bold flowers show well from a distance.
The condition is almost excellent. Sections of the ribbon are frayed on the ends. You can replace the ribbon, but I think it is part of the charm of this 115-year-old piece.
The pelmet is 10 1/2" tall by 74" long.