Extraordinary Patriotic Memorial Beadwork

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Patriotic memorial beadwork on velvet, made by a Racine, Wisconsin woman for her husband, Vincent DiGaudio, in 1924. This well-executed and extraordinarily graphic textile features numerous potted and free-floating chrysanthemums, some of which may have been intended to represent fireworks, all arranged with great folk style. Amidst these are six flags of the Allied Forces, a son-in-service window banner (noting DiGaudio’s service in WWI), a yellow eagle beneath a yellow sun, a spotted pink deer, and fanciful medallions with illustrations of George Washington and Christopher Columbus. Along the bottom is the following text:

“Remember V.G. 1924 Racine, Wis.”

Within the center of the textile, note the misspellings of Remember as “Ramember”, Serbia as “Servia”, and the Italianization of Columbus as “Columbo”.

A bold and colorful piece of American folk art and the best of its kind that I have ever encountered.

Mounting: The textile has been mounted without glass in a black, shadowbox-style frame.

Condition: Excellent. There is a tiny amount of wear around the edge of the velvet, but there are no significant condition issues.
Place of Origin
United States
Date of Manufacture
Early 20th Century
Materials and Techniques
beadwork on velvet
See item description.
Dealer Location
York County, PA
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Located in York County, PA