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Jul 13, 2014

A new piece of furniture and a story of a painting. Historia pewnego obrazu i nowy mebelek.

Some of you may know by now that I am often inspired by the photos of real life's furniture and I try to make them in miniature as close to original as I can.

This time it was exactly the same.

I saw this painting in one of my books and wanted to make it in miniature. This is Georg Freidrich Kersting The Embroiderer which hangs in National Museum in Warsaw, Poland.

I had never seen this kind of embroidery stands before and I found it so interesting I had to make it in miniature.;) This is the result of my work. :)


 As I was to post about it on my website I had to look for the picture of the painting on internet. And then I got totally surprised as I learnt this painting I have in my book was not the only one of the same title that G.F.Kerstig painted!
He painted in a way the same painting in 1812,


 and 1827.

 The funny thing is there are a few differences in every painting but you can't deny it was the same painter. ;) 

I hope you will like my first embroidery stand. I am seriously thinking of making also number 2 and 3 based on the two other paintings. ;)


Jak niektórzy z Was zapewne się już zorientowali, najbardziej lubię pracować nad miniaturami w oparciu o inspirację jakimś rzeczywistym modelem w skali 1:1. Często taką inspiracją jest zdjęcie lub obraz jakiegoś ciekawego mebla, tak było i tym razem.

W książce o Biedermaier'ze znalazłam uroczy obraz  Georga Freidricha Kerstig'a Hafciarka, który znajduje się w muzeum Narodowym w Warszawie.

Szczerze pisząc nigdy wcześniej nie widziałam takiego stolika do haftu i wydał mi się na tyle intrygujacy, że postanowiłam go zrobić w miniaturze.:)

Kiedy miałam wstawić opis kolejnego mebelka na mojej stronie internetowej zdałam sobie sprawę, że mam tylko papierową wersję obrazu i postanowiłam go poszukać w internecie. Jakież było moje zdziwienie gdy po wpisaniu w wyszukiwarce słowa "hafciarka" ukazały się mym oczom nie jeden obraz G.F Kerstiga, ale...trzy o tym samym tytule!
Okazało się, że malarz namalował trzy obrazy o tym samym tytule w roku 1812, 1817 i 1827.

Jak widać na załączonych zdjęciach różnice są wyraźnie widoczne właśnie w przypadku stolika do haftu, krzesła, obrazu i twarzy hafciarki. Że o kolorystyce nie wspomnę. ;)

Mam nadzieję, że moja wersja stolika do haftu się Wam spodoba i, no cóż, nie ukrywam, że myślę jeszcze o zrobieniu stolików z pierwszego i trzeciego obrazu. ;)


The grandmommy said...

I have seen those kinds of tables before, but not in miniature. It will be a treat to see yours.

The Old Maid said...

Hi grandmommy, thank you for your comment! The one you can see on three photos from 2 to 4 in my post is made by me in 1:12 scale. ;) Hope you like this one!

Ilona said...

Hi Ewa! You did it again: a special and One Of A Kind miniature à la is gorgeous :D! And there is even a piece silk gauze(?) in the frame! Wow, it looks amazingly much like the stand at the painting, my compliments! You even did the finest carving on the legs of this stand, it is so beautifully done.
It is funny to see that there are some different types of stands on these paintings of the same painter. He really took his time to study on this piece of furniture, just like you've done ;)! I can't wait to see the other embroidery stands, Ewa, but I am afraid it will take you quite a while to make them. Great work!
Big hug, Ilona

Anna said...

Wow I am stunned. Your embroidery stand looks like a genuine antique!

Cestina said...

Oh this is just great! Is there some embroidery coming too? Beautiful work :-)

Lisa T said...

It's beautiful! I love the dark color you have chosen for it as well.

Drora's minimundo said...

Your miniature version is stunning.
I love it.
Probably the sale of the first painting made the painter repeat his success.
Hugs, Drora

Giac said...

Hello Ewa,
That table is fantastic. you did and incredible job. it is beautifully made and beautifully finished. your talent for interpreting furniture from paintings and artwork is an incredible skill.
big hug,

BiWuBär said...

You've worked a miracle on this piece, as Ilona already pointed out the carving is stunning. And it's impressive that you're taking your inspiration from a painting you saw in a book. Thank you also for the interesting view at the other versions of that painting. As far as I know many painters picked popular motifs again... they had to sell for a living, right? What fascinates me is that the setting is always the same except for some changes... but it's never the same stand. But the most funniest thing is the reflection in the mirror of the stitcher in the lighter paintings of 1812 and 1827... a true case of artistic freedom, I would say... her face could never be seen in a mirror hanging next to her. But I would bet he was close to him and he wanted to smuggle her face into his pictures... ;O)


The Old Maid said...

Hi Ilona,
I am not sure if it is silk gause, but I was looking through my staff for the sherriest and delicate piece of fabric I have. ;)
And yes, it is quite possible it will take me sometime to re-size and made the next ones. :)

The Old Maid said...

Thank you Anna!

The Old Maid said...

Hi Cestina,
Unfortunately, as we say in my country I have two left hands for all these needle works both inRL and in miniature so I may only make a faux one, lol!

The Old Maid said...

Thank you Lisa T!

The Old Maid said...

Oh Drora! Thank you! I hadn't thought about it at all! You must be right!:)

The Old Maid said...

Thank you so much Giac!
Happy you like it!
Big hug

The Old Maid said...

Hahaha Brigit!!

Yes! I noticed that too! And I spent quite a lot of time trying to find a place where the painter could sit and see her face in that mirror. :D
Yes, he must had been in love or maybe it was someone from his family... ;)
Hugs and kisses

John said...

It's a beautiful piece and how strange there are so many variations to choose from!

Wyrna Christensen said...

As all you're doing is it so very complete and well made. Very elegant and antique in its expression. .
Fine inspiration with the 3 images.

Maria Ireland said...

Wow wonderful embroidery table. It looks so real.Fantastic work I can't wait to see the others :)
Hugs Maria

Steinworks said...

that embroidery table made my draw drop it's wonderful you really should make more of them.


The Old Maid said...

Thank you Wyrna! Happy you like it!:)

The Old Maid said...

Thank you John! Happy you like it!:)
Big hug

The Old Maid said...

Thank you Maria!:)

The Old Maid said...

Happy you like it that much Marisa! :)
Thank you!

Plushpussycat said...

Beautiful work, Ewa! You may be the first to make this embroidery stand in miniature. The whole story about the three paintings is really interesting, and I look forward to seeing any of your future furniture pieces. xo Jennifer

bjork82 said...

Stolik przepiękny, a historia obrazu - bardzo ciekawa!

Daydreamer said...

Dear Ewa, I was so Sure I left a comment here the other day! I guess blogger swallowed it!:(
What I said was how fascinating the three paintings are... each one with their own version of the embroidery frame! I think it would be a wonderful idea to build all of them! I do think the one you made is Absolutely Gorgeous! The graceful legs and the pegs and everything so just like the painting! Wow! You just keep amazing me with your beautiful work!!!
And the history of the paintings is so interesting.... it makes you wonder if he had sold the earlier one and just tried to paint it again. And as the others have pointed out, the face of the embroiderer in the mirror is such a lovely touch! It is paintings like this that always make me want to turn them into a "room box"! But knowing me, I would not be able to leave them alone... I would want the lady to have a family too....! LOL!

The Old Maid said...

Dear Betsy,
I am sure the roombox filled with her family would be much better place than this embroiderer alone! :D
I was not really thinking of a roombox but now when you wrote about it... It could be great idea.:)


The Old Maid said...

Thank you Jennifer! Happy you like it!

The Old Maid said...

Bardzo dziękuję bjork82. :) Cieszę się, że stoliczek podoba Ci się. :)

rosanna said...

Hi Ewa
love the stand, you have made it up beautifully.
the paintings are so interesting, how the same scene is repeated over and over in different times.
The mirror rreflection is a poetic touch, may be there isn't in the others cause she complained to him for breach of privacy!
Have a great day, Ro

Natalia's Fine Needlework said...

Ewa, this is a OOAK stand and you've done a great job replicating it into a miniature. I would like to have one. Can we discuss it? Mini hugs, Natalia

The Old Maid said...

Thank you so much dear Ro!
Happy you like it!
Hugs and kisses!

The Old Maid said...

Dear Natalia,
I am so happy you like it!
Of course we can discuss it. :D The only problem is you would have to be patient as I have quite long waiting list right now, it is about 3 weeks now... So if you agree I would contact you after this time, is it all right with you?

Sans! said...

OMG! Did Rosanna see this??? It will blow her mind! It quite blew mine!
Ohhh I see she has already left her comment and I was just thinking Natalia will love it too!

I also love the painting. Thank you for sharing such fascinating facts about the paintings.

*KOW-TOW to master

Sans! said...

OMG! Did Rosanna see this??? It will blow her mind! It quite blew mine!
Ohhh I see she has already left her comment and I was just thinking Natalia will love it too!

I also love the painting. Thank you for sharing such fascinating facts about the paintings.

*KOW-TOW to master