Purple Heron on Blue Pillow — Item 138

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Purple Heron on a Blue Throw Pillow

This is a one-of-a-kind custom accent pillow. Wow! this is a cool bird! It is a true work of art.

First of all, this majestic bird is called a Purple Heron. (Ardea Purpurea)

Alcide d'Orbigny

The original artwork comes to us from a famous French botanist, Charles D'Orbigny (Charles Henry Dessalines d′Orbigny 1806–1876). In 1849, he published a famous dictionary — Dictionnaire Universel d′Histoire Naturelle — with hundreds of beautiful engravings. Actually, this work had 288 engravings of flowers, birds, mammals, insects, fishes and shells. (You can download a digital version of this book for free — it is now in the public domain.) This purple heron design comes from plate 241. (The artwork for this plate may have been done by the artist Edouard Travies.)

(If you wanted to purchase an original of this book it is expensive — just one original page typically sells for over $75.)

People do not typically see the purple heron in everyday life — but it is a stunning bird! You may wish to do an image search on the Purple Heron to see some photos of it. It is hard not to stare at this design!

This embroidery design looks very much like the original (see the seventh photo). It is a very complex and high stitch count design — with many thread colors. It takes about 2 hours for the embroidery machine to stitch it out.

John researched the design, and Beth created the pillow design. This is our second item with this design. Beth uses great computerized embroidery and sewing machines for the bulk of the work, then hand sews the final side shut. The fabric has a soft, smooth feel.

The pillow size is approximately 18″ x 18″ x 4″. Inside there is a new, soft pillow insert.

It has a cream front center panel. It has a dark blue fabric on the side panels and on the back.

This accent pillow would be great for:

  • someone that loves birds in general,
  • someone that loves Purple Herons specifically,
  • someone that loves the outdoors,
  • for someone that has a british, oriental or an eclectic decor,
  • for someone that just likes little exotic touches — like this stunning Purple Heron,
  • for an interior decorator creating a sophisticated decor for an expensive home,
  • or for a real estate agent that stages high end homes.

On request, we could put this design other items, such as purses, totes, pillows or sweatshirts.

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This pillow's size is approximately 18″ x 18″ x 4″.


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This pillow includes a new, soft insert — which is hand-sewn inside.

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This design is great for: totes, bags, purses, pillows and sweatshirts.

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