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    Posted 12 years ago

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    I know very little about this other than it is very old. I have never ever seen anything like it at all. It is a 3"x4" piece of material of a little girl and little boy that look lost and scared in the woods. My camera doesn't take the greates pictures but in real life it looks like an actual photograph. I have seen tapesties before but nothing can compare. It came from some great grandparents that received many gifts from their friends Mr. & Mrs. Boeing. I am truly impressed and amazed at how it was made. Anyboy out there know anything about it? and its value?

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    1. MsDowAntiques MsDowAntiques, 12 years ago
      A quick google search for "antique silk picture" turned up very similar items, and this info:

      Woven silk pictures -- possibly French, late 1800s -- or possibly a new item -- according to -- which says:

      French woven silk pictures, resembling fine black and white etchings, were quickly shadowed by English pictures, which were produced in brilliant colors. The colorful silk pictures by Thomas Stevens, called Stevengraphs, are the best known and highly collectible.
      Another major weaver of silk pictures was Neyret Freres of France. Neyret Freres is best known for exquisite silk interpretations of whimsical paintings in black and white with shades of gray, and occasional accents of color. In the late 1990's the firm began producing additional copies of a few of the original designs, using stocks of original silk thread.

      It's a pretty little picture, and I am sure it has sentimental value. Thanks for sharing it with us.

      Find smilar items here: Ruby Lane Home > Antiques > Textiles, Linens > Stevengraph --,id=4.16.7.html
    2. Kathysseams, 12 years ago
      Perhaps from the story of Hansel and Gretel?
    3. I. Racz, 11 years ago
      I have the same silk picture and have been trying to find out it`s worth
      mine is framed and is about 7.5 by 12.5 inches.
    4. bexrex, 10 years ago
      I purchased the same item 25 years ago from an older gentleman who spent time in Germany/Austria. I can't remember what he called them but I believe they were local to an area in Germany.
    5. chinablue chinablue, 10 years ago
      My first thought when I saw it was Hansel and Gretel.
    6. Phatbuddha Phatbuddha, 10 years ago
      I've got this too, my one has the Initials NF on the bottom left. Is yours the same?
    7. curiouskat, 7 years ago
      I also have fabric picture that was my grandmothers. She said it was picture of Hansel and Gretel. It also has the NF woven into the lower left-hand corner and it measures 7" x 14".

    8. Leslie52, 6 years ago
      I recently purchased the same painting on silk,after doing some research I found the artist name for the initials NF.They stand for Neyret Freres of France,dating to the beginning of the early 1900's.
    9. jackrussellhev, 4 years ago
      I have this panel I have had it for about 40yrs have been trying to find anything about it mine hasNF on it in the corner,mine is7"x14" have taken to have it valued but they couldn't tell me anything about it
    10. ANNABELLE13, 29 days ago
      Just found these posts on the silk tapestry. So happy to have a better idea about this art piece. Will be hanging it up along with a few other collectible art pieces I love and hoping to achieve a spooky atmosphere. Thanks for the info. Much appreciated.
    11. keramikos, 28 days ago
      Hi, ANNABELLE13. :-)

      I'm glad you like these silk jacquard pictures. I do, too.

      Here is some more background on the Neyret Freres Company from a Neyret family member:

      For the record, this particular one is called "Perdus Dans La Foret" (Lost in the Forest), based on a painting by Wunsch:

      Running down a reference for Wunsch's original is proving to be a bit more difficult:


      Gewebtes Seidenbild nach einem Gemälde von Marie Mizzi Wunsch (1862-1898). Zwei verängstigt blickende Kinder im Wald. Aus der Seidenmanufaktur Neyret Freres, einer 1823 in St. Étienne gegründeten französischen Textilfabrik.

      Translated via Google Translate:

      Woven silk picture based on a painting by Marie Mizzi Wunsch (1862-1898). Two frightened looking children in the forest. From the Neyret Freres silk factory, a French textile factory founded in St. Étienne in 1823.


      So yes, it apparently IS Hansel and Gretel. :-)
    12. keramikos, 28 days ago


      Marie Wunsch (1862-1898) created this impressive scene with Hansel and Gretel where the fear dominates all over.

    13. ANNABELLE13, 28 days ago
      Hi Keramikos,
      Nice to meet you. Thanks for the additional information. I will check it out when I get a chance.

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