Chair back embroidery
This embroidered chair back piece was first made in 1725-1750 but has been kept in near perfect condition. It is a cross-stitched pastoral scene with the male figure on the right playing the mandolin. The piece is part of a stunning collection given to the National Trust by Mrs Winifred Breton Tayler in 2000, after remaining within the Breton family for nearly 300 years.
A chair back piece dated 1725-50, made from undyed, unbleached linen canvas worked in cross-stitch and embroidered with wool (dyed to full range). Design with yellow ground and floral border, central pastoral scene surrounded by a red border of scrolling 'C' shapes. The scene has a female figure in a red dress and a male playing a mandolin on her right with trees behind.
Breton-Tayler Collection. Given to the Trust by Mrs Winifred Breton Tayler, 11.4.2000, after remaining within the Breton family for nearly 300 years.
Marks and inscriptions
C.D.Breton 9 / Nuneaton / (handwritten on piece of material sewn to back)
Makers and roles
Unknown , embroiderer