One look at the pictures and you know that words are not needed. A fabulous piece from the Americana collection of the late Nan Gurley, collector&dealer extraordinaire.
This table mat is all individually sewn together by hand. It is in finely woven wool, with wool floss hand embroidery. The butterfly applique is pieced in velvets. The mat is backed with twill. About a 27 1/2" diameter. All is in good order and the condition is very good. There are a few spots of moth work, a floss embroidery stitch or two has come undone, the nap of the velvet worn, but only just a bit. This marvelous, joyous, wondrous mat is exemplary of its era and its style, American folk art. When you have a piece like this, you don't need a collection. This is a collection unto itself.