Recently I saw a seller on Ebay who tried to sell a hand painted Berlin wool work chart for 999,-$, that was certainly exaggerating a bit, but those old charts are popular these days....
Of course, I keep to a tight budget when buying charts, and the past couple years I have become a bit picky and only betting/purchasing interesting ones. The main reason naturally is the cost, but also the storage problem with antiques. They cannot be in a humid, dusty, or sunny place. I'll never forget the time I bought a set of hand painted wool work charts from Germany and when I opened the package I was taken back by the smell of mold. The charts were all moldy/mildewy ! Yuck ! I re-charted the best ones, and have to store them away from other paper items.
The same has happened with books purchased on Ebay, it's rare but frustrating to be the recipient of a moldy antique. The best solution is to wipe the covers with a damp cloth, if possible dipped in alcohol, but that is not always possible. One thing I did once was to put a moldy 100 + years old book in bright sunlight to kill the mold. It does damage the colors, but it might be the only way to save it.
Back to Berlin wool work, this is the latest addition to my collection. I am sure the seller was very disappointed in selling it to me for so cheap, but there was almost no interest in it. Two bidders, and I got it for 2 Euros.... I felt like those people in bargain hunter who bag a deal. Of course, religious pictures are not as sought after as the floral ones.
The seller had a fuzzy photo and described it as ' Madonna'. But when I received it, I noticed that the Madonna had a chin shadow, and pierced hands. It's an illustration of the Christ after the resurrection.
Now, any opinion as to the snake depicted under His feet ?
|Christ with pierced hands, Berlin wool work handpainted chart.|