Embroidered mirror frame
1603 - 1714
Glass, wood, textile
295 x 242 x 23 mmOrder this image
Melford Hall, Suffolk (Accredited Museum)
This Stuart needlework frame depicts four figures, possibly showing the senses (the fifth sense, sight, is represented by the mirror). The lady at the top of the mirror, playing a stringed musical instrument, could represent hearing, the lady with flowers and dog to the left could represent smell, the lady to the right holding what might be a thistle could represent touch, and the lady at the bottom feeding bird and tortoise could represent taste.
Rectangular mirror in shaped needlework frame. Stuart.