Here is a glorious cream Edwardian dress collar to be admired for study or perhaps remade into another beautiful piece, as it is "as is". It is doubtful the pieces were ever used as two have never had the cream silk backing attached to the back. Ah yes, with its graceful flowing lines, it speaks of the Art Nouveau time period from the late 1890's to the early 1900's.
The needlework is beautiful with the usage of soutache trim, or braid, forming the ground work of the four pieces. The cream satin soutache is manipulated into lovely scrolls to form leaves and fiddleback heads of plants.
To further accent the naturalist style, the precise filling stitches are executed, then trimmed in the most dainty picot edging. Some of the leaves are "filled" with cream silk taffeta fabric. All this fabulous work is set on a creamy white silk tulle backing with the two larger pieces backed yet with silk satin fabric.
Edging each of the pieces is a narrow band of drawn filling stitches. To add yet another dimension, attached to the two larger pieces, open scroll work of soutache border with, again, the tiny picot edging. The other two pieces were never finished at this outer edge.
Size: The two smaller pieces are 14" long. 5-1/4" wide at the widest end and 3" wide at the narrow end. The two larger pieces are 14-1/2" long x 7" wide at the narrow end and 9" wide at the widest end.
Condition: Sold "as is". As you notice some splits to the silk taffeta. The silk tulle is also damaged in some areas. The pieces are fragile in nature but beauty in the workmanship. As you notice also from the back of the larger pieces, some of the edge has been folded back under. Evidently to fit a neck opening of a dress. A small spot of oxidation at the side edge of one collar piece.